Posts Tagged ‘Radio New Zealand’

WOMB VIDEO PREMIERE ON THE WIRELESS

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Neo-folk artist Womb today brings to life a compelling new video for gently anthemic second single ‘Teresa’.

The video transports the song into a world of limitlessly reeling digital landscapes. The director, Tristan Joseph Brooks, calls on the sublime element of digital realms, exploring the never-ending wormholes of unused and decaying digital spaces:

“I spent weeks ‘location scouting’ in Second Life”, he explains. “Exploring these vast empty worlds, my avatar became non-existent… I tried to touch abstractly on ideas of loneliness and the idea of being somewhere but not really belonging. Growing out of one world and into another.”

The beauty and futility in fathoming this territory ties perfectly with the sense of loneliness and abstract longing conveyed in the song itself. Brooks’ vast infinitudes of digital landscapes are punctuated by comparatively ‘real’ visual renderings of Womb (aka Charlotte Forrester). She stands spectral-like, as though transmitting a message from an unknown palace lost in the ruins of the internet.

Check out the premiere feature & interview with Charlotte & Tristan at The Wireless!

FAMILY TIME! WOMB & A HUM OF VOICES

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

VIDEO: WOMB LIVE

Charlotte Forrester, aka Womb, has united her mother’s progeny to form a live band! Here is a video from their second ever show late last year featuring Georgette Brown on drums and Haz Forrester on guitar, both of whom also created the stage setting, with projections by Erica Sklenars/Lady Lazer Light:


Womb font by Georgette Brown

TWIN TALK

The Forrester twins (ex-Athuzela Brown) were recently featured in a radio series on Musical Siblings. Listen here to their interview with RNZ‘s Shaun D Wilson in which they discuss “growing and making music, together and apart”:

A HUM OF VOICES

Haz makes ethereal folk & electronic music under the name A Hum of Voices. You can listen to and freely download his beautiful debut EP here:

SETH/CRAZY

Monday, January 4th, 2016

I don’t know what the lambs get up to but this lovely pair of humans had a productive 2015!


Sean Kelly (Seth Frightening) and Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy) with Midnight and Lamb #2.
Thanks Veronica CP and Joseph Griffen for the photo!

It began with Seth Frightening‘s release of But We Love Our Brothers And Sisters – his sixth in as many years & the latest in a back catalogue of unrelenting brilliance. Direct and personal while still poetic, haunting, beautiful and always in that unmistakeable Seth Frightening style.

BWLOBAS FEATURE/ REVIEW

‘…his music is full of ugly emotions. Themes include, but are not limited to; death, sex, abortion, loneliness and existential frustration, told through layers of self-deprecation and home recorded charm. It’s heavy stuff, but far from being intimidated by such subject matters, Kelly finds writing about them therapeutic’.

“I write sad songs, but I don’t write them for you to feel sorry for me. I write them because it empowers me.” – Sean Kelly

Delve into this insightful review/interview by Sam Carswell for NZ Musician > Ugly Sounds Of Undeniable Beauty

BWLOBAS VINYL!

In November, Sean and his equally talented and radical accomplice Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy / Dear Time’s Waste) toured the country to empathise with folks and promote his vinyl that had not yet arrived. Alas, it soon after came – fashionably late in beautiful bone tone – and has since been dispatched via a network of couriers. Email sethfrightening@gmail.com if you want one!

Seth Vinyl

I.E CRAZY EMERGES FROM SHELL WITH #1 HIT

“To celebrate having lapped the sun 28 times without yet flying directly into it, I’m loosing this limping beast of a song into the world.” So wrote Claire on her birthday as she released her first track under the name I.E.Crazy:

The project is a distinct departure from previous work as Dear Time’s Waste, now expressing a harder-edged character. ‘A jilted lover’, ‘a “psycho ex”, a “crazy bitch”‘, she explains of the lyrics to You’re A Stranger To Me Now (#1 on the ODT’s 2015 NZ Singles of the Year list : D)

I.E.CRAZY SPEAKS!

Be delighted and/or disturbed by Claire’s “water-related analogies” and more in this up front interview with Emma Smith on RNZ’s Music 101:

WHEN THEIR POWERS COMBINE (w/ SHOCKING PINKS)

Lastly (but not leastly) check out this incredible Seth & I.E cover of the Shocking Pinks song, Nostalgia, released as part of a collection by A Low Hum in November:

What will 2016 bring from these talented two? Keep your ears & eyes pinned & pealed!

END OF THE ALPHABET RECORDS ON RNZ // BRUCE RUSSELL DOCO

Monday, July 20th, 2015

FANZ, Live at Pyramid Club
Cover for FANZ, Live at the Pyramid Club

The New Zealand-based noise label End of the Alphabet Records hit the ground running with their release of the Nofi Rainbow Vol.1 compilation featuring NZ sound-art legends the likes of Bruce Russell, Peter Wright, Campbell Kneale and Antony Milton amongst a host of up & comers late last year. Since then they’ve had a prolific release schedule that’s showing no signs of slowing.

Label founder, Noel Meek, and artists Antony Milton & Fergus Nelson Moores (Mischancerie) spoke with Craig Hayes of the trusty Radio New Zealand about their impetus & ideas around sound. Stream it here:


Related content – an insider’s documentary on Bruce Russell of The Dead C, by his daughter, Olive:

SONOROUS CIRCLE FEATURED ON RADIO NZ!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Thanks to Samuel Flynn Scott and the lovely folks at Radio New Zealand‘s Music 101 for putting this together and broadcasting it to the nation! Featuring interviews with Womb, Paperghost and I.Ryoko. Stream below.

Womb
Charlotte Forrester, aka Womb

“Record labels are machines of hype, or at least they used to be. Some labels seem to exist for more esoteric reasons. Bring the right music together under the same label and strange alchemy can happen. Samuel Scott certainly found that to be the case at Sonorous Circle.”

Want more? Check out Music 101 for their amazing range of new music insights!

SETH FRIGHTENING LIVE ON RNZ + ‘BWLOBAS’ REVIEWED

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Seth Frightening on RNZ

Seth Frightening, aka Sean Kelly, played a few live tracks from his new album, But We Love Our Brothers and Sisters, and spoke with Radio New Zealand Music 101‘s Zac Arnold last weekend.

Check out the great live recordings and an interview covering the usual topics: blood, death, chaos, the saviouristic properties of the acoustic guitar and the coolness of kindness, etc: www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/20173477/seth-frightening-in-session

Click here to stream & download the album which has received some glowing reviews such as this one on Vanguard Red Magazine: “…positively overflowing with beautifully surreal and exploratory New Weird New Zealand folk rock compositions. With his guitar playing, vocal delivery and overall arrangements, Seth has that “it” quality that only matters because we hear it so rarely.”

www.vanguardredmagazine.co.nz/recent-music-report-fadimoutou-wallet-inamoud-holly-herndon-and-seth-frightening/

RENEE LOUISE CARAFICE

Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is New Zealand-born Nashville resident, Renee Louise Carafice, playing at Wellington’s Meow Bar on 13th June in support of her wonderful recently released album, Power Animals. Have a listen if you’re into (self-described) “experimental glam folk music”!

“This album is an anti-suicide note: love songs to myself and hate songs to the haters. These songs say: I am alive, and perhaps being alive is more brutal than being dead.”

“The sometimes whisperingly gentle, sometimes screamingly intense album unflinchingly covers the topic of power and power struggles in its many forms, and carries with it a sense of urgent knowing that things collapse and things can eventually rebuild.”

A review/ interview by Nick Bollinger of Radio New Zealand, 21st June 2014:

reneelouisecarafice.bandcamp.com
reneelouisecarafice.org

PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER / PUTIN’S RUSSIA

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

The NZ International Film Festival has begun!

My favourite of today was ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’ – a documentary about the Russian feminist punk group, of which two members are currently serving a sentence of 2-years in prison for doing a minute-long, anti-Putin performance in a church.

Movie Trailer:

Original performance video:

Clearly the punishment does not fit the so-called ‘crime’. It really is hard to comprehend the madness of the situation, but the girls seem to remain admirably strong amongst it all, knowing full well that their miserable situation has in effect given their message a more powerful voice.

I only recently realised the severity of Russia’s societal issues after listening to this interesting interview on Radio New Zealand with Masha Gessen, a Russian author who has written on Vladimir Putin’s mafia-style rule and spoke of the anti-gay laws that were recently passed that make it illegal for gay people to claim equality, or stage gay-pride marches in Moscow for 100 years!