Here’s a little list of NZ albums that I love, play regularly, and think you should check out if you haven’t heard of them. Plus they are albums that will likely never make a Top 100 NZ Albums list such as this one – only for the most part that these artist’s other work pushes themselves off the chart.
Dave Yetton – Blow Out Your Candles (2007)
Best known as the front man for JPS Experience and Stereobus (who are one of the best bands NZ has produced IMHO), Dave Yetton’s debut solo album is a great pop album, and a fantastic recording too. Opening track That Bump Has Fallen Off and Fallen in Love with the Weekend are stand out tracks, and favourite’s of mine for showing off my little tiny Jamo E805’s in the study.
Dimmer – There My Dear (2006)
Front man Shayne Carter is one of NZ Music’s golden boys and my favourite work of his is what he produced with Dimmer. Dimmer aren’t just one of my favourite NZ bands, they are one of favourite bands period. The debut I Believe You Are A Star (2001) is a masterpiece, sophomore release You’ve Got To Hear The Music (2004) picked up two NZ Music awards including Best Rock Album and then Dimmer went on to produce two more solid albums There My Dear (2006) and Degrees of Existence (2009) – which was our #3 album of 2009 – before Carter called this project quits. All four albums have their own merits, and There My Dear offers a couple of unique moments that I don’t ever get tired of, they’re You’re Only Leaving Hurt and I Won’t Let You Break My Heart. I imagine a lot of Kiwi’s have only listened to one or both of the first two albums, but you’d be missing out on so much goodness from the newer half of Dimmer’s work.
Gareth Thomas Band – Lady Alien (2010)
Gareth Thomas is the keyboardist and second vocalist for NZ band Goodshirt. Goodshirt achieved mainstream success with hits such as Sophie, Blowing Dirt, and Buck it Up. Thomas’ debut solo album Lady Alien was our #1 Album of 2011! (yes, even though it came out late 2010). I still listen to this album regularly, and tracks All This, Don’t Stop, and Out of Fashion have become some of our go to test tracks for evaluating Hifi. Highly recommended, give it a listen.
The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo (2010)
I shouldn’t need to introduce The Phoenix Foundation to even our overseas readers, Happy Ending (2007), Buffalo (2010) and Fandango (2013) all have achieved success abroad. Buffalo, their fourth studio album is a more mature listen from their earlier work, with more polish perhaps. Buffalo is an excellent recording as well as being excellent musically. It was our #5 album of 2010 with stand out tracks Flock of Hearts and Wonton still regularly being used for demoing speakers. Dig it out, have another listen if its been a while, put it on shuffle if you must as it would be a shame to only hear the first half.
Jet Jaguar – Think About it Later (2003)
This is a great electronic downbeat album with big bass that digs deep! You can buy it in FLAC for $4.50 so stop reading this blog and go ahead and do that already. It was great when it came out, and its one that still gets plenty of airplay at my place. There’s a tonne of free downloads on his site including a 4-track Phoenix Foundation remix ep. Get the free download, and pay the $4.50 for Think About It Later, it’s less that coffee.
So, what NZ Music are you playing of late?