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Terrible Sons Unveil Debut Album 'The Raft Is Not The Shore' + Video

Terrible Sons Unveil Debut Album 'The Raft Is Not The Shore' + Video

Charlotte Lovrin / Photo credit: Naomi Haussman / Friday 28th April, 2023 1:33PM

Preceded by a run of lush singles, Ōtautahi husband and wife duo Terrible Sons have today released their debut album The Raft Is Not The Shore via Vancouver's Nettwerk. Active together since 2018, songwriters Lauren Barus (Fly My Pretties, LA Mitchell) and Matt Barus (Dukes) infuse their distinctive folk sound with wistful, nostalgic tones on their first long player, named after a Buddhist parable that reflects on the idea to 'hold your beliefs lightly.' With strings provided by London’s Urban Soul Orchestra the record hits on a lightly melodramatic feel, balanced out by the duo’s intimate and subdued vocal harmonies and folk guitar — sonically wavering between the carefree and deeply personal. Produced by Tom Healy (Marlon Williams, Tiny Ruins), the record also features drums by Joe McCallum (The Veils), horns by Cameron Pearce, bass by Jo Barus (Dave Dobbyn) and "an impromptu choir from their children's local primary school".

Playing release shows in May, Terrible Sons have also unveiled a video for ‘Birdsong’, directed by Charlotte Evans (Aldous Harding, Benee, Nadia Reid), shot on 16mm film by Ezra Simons (Earth Tongue) and made with support from NZ On Air. Shot in Koukourarata (Port Levy) amidst local scenery, here's what the duo has to say about the clip…

“Birdsong is a tale of a journey. It dips into Koukourarata, Port Levy, which is over the hill from where we spend a lot of time in Banks Peninsula. [Director] Charlotte Evans sent us this beautiful concept based around these images of stark figures in a harsh, windswept landscape with billowing, Victorian costumes. The day we shot the video was an exceptionally hot summer's day and I was stomping over these grassy hills. Ezra captured these beautiful, contrasted and vast landscapes with me as a solitary figure burdened with something unspoken and elusive.”

Terrible Sons Album Release
Friday 5th May - Secret Show, Selwyn District
Saturday 13th May - The Loons, Lyttelton*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

'The Raft Is Not The Shore' is out today via Nettwerk.

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Terrible Sons Album Release
Sat 13th May 7:30pm
The Loons, Lyttelton