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Release Roundup: Hannah Everingham, crossing water, Eli Superflyy, The Melancholy Babes, Amanda Palmer

Release Roundup: Hannah Everingham, crossing water, Eli Superflyy, The Melancholy Babes, Amanda Palmer

Chris Cudby / Hannah Everingham photo credit: Naomi Haussmann / Friday 19th January, 2024 3:29PM

It's a relatively quiet time for local releases as Aotearoa continues to roast in the summer heat, but a few gems have bubbled up. Plunge into fresh music from Hannah Everingham, crossing water (Lochie Noble of Mirror Ritual, The Spectre Collective), Eli Superflyy and The Melancholy Babes below, plus The Dresden Dolls co-founder Amanda Palmer's brand spanking New Zealand Survival Songs EP.

Ōtautahi songwriter Hannah Everingham revealed the second single from her sophomore record Siempre Tiene Flores, the sequel to 2022's slow-burning standout Between Bodies. Regale your senses with the lush leafy visuals for 'Giving Up The Dog' (shot by Sam Bambery) and order the album on limited edition gatefold vinyl LP / CD via the Bandcamp link — out in full on 15th March. "Siempre Tiene Flores means to 'always have flowers'. I think the songs might serve as love-letters to those flowers. We recorded this album one dense winter in Ōtautahi, and somehow it became this very warm, almost tropically minded, piece of work."

The second release in as many months from crossing water, the new electronic project of Lochie Noble (Mirror Ritual, The Spectre Collective, Japes live band), 'desire of new eve' is eight minutes of spa-like wash and granulated textures — shaping emotive multi-dimensional vistas in sound.

Tourmate with Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Melbourne's Heavy Chest back in '22, Eli Superflyy (formerly of Miss Cressida) treats us to two versions of new single 'Mockingbird' — peppy original speed plus a bleary fuzz-jamming slow-jammer — both infectiously fried.

iiii Records' crucial Jazz from the Underground Nightclubs of Aotearoa series achieves a significant milestone with Vol​.​10 - Lovebite, documenting improvisational heavyweights The Melancholy Babes (Jeff Henderson, Tom Callwood and Anthony Donaldson) throwing down at Pōneke's Lovebite in mid-2022. Masterful triple-headed instrumental interplay from opener 'The Kiss' down to 'The Last Cuppa'.

US songwriter Amanda Palmer reflects on endless days spent in Aotearoa (based between Waiheke Island and Havelock North) during pandemic purgatory on her New Zealand Survival Songs EP — featuring Julia Deans on 'Little Island'. The Dresden Dolls co-founder is back down under playing a brief three date tour, beginning this Sunday at Queenstown's Sherwood.

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Amanda Palmer
Sun 21st Jan 6:30pm
Sherwood, Queenstown
Amanda Palmer
Wed 24th Jan 7:30pm
Q Theatre, Auckland
Amanda Palmer
Sat 27th Jan 7:30pm
Old St Paul's, Wellington