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Listen To Reuben Samuel Winter's 'Milk III' Album

Listen To Reuben Samuel Winter's 'Milk III' Album

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 20th April, 2021 9:47AM

Launched with shows across Aotearoa celebrating the inimitable sonic vision of Reuben Samuel Winter (Waitaha / Kāi Tahu / Te Aupōuri / Te Rarawa / Ngāti Kuri), the Tāmaki Makaurau songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer's posthumous album Milk III is out today courtesy of Flying Nun Records. Recorded in 2019 at Red Bull Studios with Ben Lawson, Milk III was completed before the much-loved artist passed away in September last year at the age of 26, prompting an outpouring of grief and remembrance from throughout our music community. Released in collaboration with Reuben's whānau, all profits from the record will be split between Fibromyalgia Aotearoa New Zealand (he lived with fibromyalgia and chronic pain for close to a decade) and his whānau and future fund.

The new record showcases Reuben's Milk project, the guitar-centric side of the fearlessly adventurous and prolific artist, who produced music in a diverse range of styles and monikers, including Totems, Caroles, Bandicoot and many more. Featuring contributions from friends Lachlan SmithJames Thorrington, Emma Hall-Phillips, Victoria Chellew, Charlie (Opi), Jong-Yun J.Y. Lee and Peter Ruddell, with artwork by Joe Locke (P.H.F.), the album feels like an event given shape as sound. There's so much to celebrate and process when hearing Milk III, which Reuben himself considered to be one of his finest works — we encourage you listen up, feel the power of his genius and order your own vinyl LP edition to cherish over via Bandcamp HERE.

"This record is not a hastily thrown together posthumous release. Every second of sound, every word, every multi-layered overdub was carefully considered, and lovingly crafted by Reuben. It shows an insight into who Reuben was in the last few years of his life. A man brave enough to stare his own pain in the face, and who was kind enough to share himself wholly with anyone who would listen."

Milk III Album Release

Friday 23rd April - Moon, Wellington, feat. Race Banyon, Career Girls (via video), Queen's Cup, LILSTIFFY, Goya, Thomas Arbor, Welcomer, Ian Jorg / Blink, Skymning

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

'Milk III' is out now digitally and on vinyl LP via Flying Nun Records.


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Milk III
Fri 23rd Apr 8:00pm
MOON, Wellington