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Reuben Samuel Winter's 'Milk III' Album To Be Released By Flying Nun Records

Reuben Samuel Winter's 'Milk III' Album To Be Released By Flying Nun Records

Chris Cudby / Friday 19th March, 2021 9:43AM

In very welcome news, the team at Flying Nun Records have announced they'll be releasing the third Milk album from Tāmaki Makaurau music legend Reuben Samuel Winter (Waitaha / Kāi Tahu / Te Aupōuri / Te Rarawa / Ngāti Kuri), who died by suicide in September last year and is dearly missed by our music community. The noisy, guitar-centric project of the fearlessly adventurous songwriter and multi-instrumentalist — whose artistic vision also encompassed Totems, Caroles, Bandicoot, Kerosene Comic Book and so much more — Reuben's as yet unheard third record was recorded in 2019 at Red Bull Studios (recorded, and engineered by Ben Lawson) and completed in his Titirangi home, featuring contributions from Lachlan Smith, James Thorrington, Emma Hall-Phillips, Victoria Chellew, Charlie (Opi), Jong-Yun J.Y. Lee and Peter Ruddell.

Released in collaboration with Reuben's whānau, Milk III is launching on black vinyl LP and digitally on 20th April, with all profits split between Fibromyalgia Aotearoa New Zealand (he lived with fibromyalgia and chronic pain for close to a decade) and his whānau and future fund. I personally can't wait to hear Milk III, Reuben told me it's a work he was proud of and wanted to be heard by the world — you can preorder your copy via Flying Nun here.

"Ian Jorgensen (A Low Hum) and Reuben's whānau approached Flying Nun late last year and asked if we'd be interested in putting Milk III out on vinyl. We felt very honoured to be asked, and jumped at the opportunity. Reuben's music needs to be shared; it will never stop inspiring creativity in others. Not only is Milk III a sonic masterpiece, Reuben was, and still is, an integral part of New Zealand's independent music community and the impact of his art will be felt for a long time into the future." — Flying Nun Records

Watch Milk (Reuben Winter with friends) playing 'Sugar Glider' last year at 95bFM's Drive Island VIII...

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