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Marlin's Dreaming - Hirl - Album Release Show

Sat Sep 21st, 2024
Dunedin, Otago

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Dunedin Indie Pop outfit Marlin’s Dreaming have announced a nine date tour of Australia & New Zealand to celebrate the release of their new album HIRL due later this year and the band’s first since the critically acclaimed record Hasten in 2021.

HIRL New Zealand tour dates:
12/09 - Totara St. , Mount Maunganui
13/09 - Theatre Royal, New Plymouth
14/09 - Meow Nui, Wellington
19/09 - Hollywood Avondale, Auckland
20/09 - Loons, Lyttelton
21/09 - Errick’s, Dunedin

Following on from their folk-accented single Earnestly (featuring Erny Belle) last month, Marlin’s Dreaming’s new track Hello, My Dear dances between softly spoken country verse, towering chorus, and back again with the vocal dynamism of frontman Semisi Ma’ia’i.

Recorded between the renowned Roundhead Studios and an airy room in Central Otago, Hello, My Dear takes on bold sonorous production reminiscent of the band’s earliest work. The single is accompanied by a music video directed by Semisi, in which an ascetic artist isolated from the world around him interacts with past and future versions of himself.

Marlin’s Dreaming is an indie pop band from Dunedin, New Zealand. Formed in 2017 by longtime friends Semisi Ma’ia’i (Vocals & guitar), Oscar Johns (Bass), Hamish Morgan (Drums) & De Stevens (Guitar), the band found unexpected success with their debut album 'Lizard Tears' (2017) which garnered international acclaim including from COMPLEX who called it an “exciting, intoxicating debut”.

Subsequent releases like 'Talk On/Commic' (2018) and 'Quotidian' (2020) showcased their evolution into angular guitars and angst-driven melodies, earning praise from publications like CLASH, NME & Brooklyn Vegan. Their introspective 2021 release 'Hasten' was an acoustically driven album exploring themes of post-pandemic life in New Zealand's desolate, rugged south island.

They have toured with Parquet Courts, The Chills, Kirin J Callinan & Dope Lemon.
Having played sold-out tours across Australia and New Zealand & played Marlin's Dreaming continues to push the musical boundaries, heightening guitar pop to a fine art.

alternative, pop, rock, Marlin's Dreaming

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Marlin's Dreaming - Hirl - Album Release Show
Thu 12th September 7:30pm
Totara St., Tauranga
Marlin's Dreaming - Hirl - Album Release Show
Fri 13th September 8:00pm
Theatre Royal - New Plymouth, New Plymouth
Marlin's Dreaming - Hirl - Album Release Show
Sat 14th September 8:00pm
Meow Event Venue, 9 Edward St, Wellington City, Wellington
Marlin's Dreaming - Hirl - Album Release Show
Thu 19th September 7:30pm
Hollywood Cinema, Auckland
Marlin's Dreaming - Hirl - Album Release Show
Fri 20th September 8:00pm
The Loons, Lyttelton

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