We asked our latest STA Travel Sounds artist Anna Coddington which local New Zealand artists she thinks are awesome – here are her top 3:
LIPS is a Tuscon-based two piece, which was started by Auckland native Steph Brown. Steph is an absolute badass on anything with a keyboard and usually plays 3 different keyboards/synths at a time, whilst singing. Fen Ikner is the drummer and also multi tasks with samples and other tomfoolery. Between them they sound like six people so it’s really great to watch- like a trick. I toured with them in NZ last year and we had the best time! They are exceptional songwriters and very tasteful with their production so they make the kind of music that I like to listen to.
2. Nadia Reid
Nadia Reid is a NZ folk artist growing a huge reputation overseas. Her album ‘Listen to Formation, Look for The Signs’ has had great reviews in all these amazing publications like the New York Times and the Guardian and Mojo and even Pitchfork gave her a thumbs up. Her songs are spooky and her voice is so, so beautiful and haunting. I got her album a while back on bandcamp and loved it but have recently been listening to it again and finding new levels in it, which is what happens with really good albums.
3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Not strictly ‘local’ but Reuben is the brains behind this operation and he is from NZ so we claim UMO like we are all mates with them and they live down the road. They put out one of the best albums of 2014 ‘Multi Love’ and went next level again with great songs and musical styles and doing something new. From what I know Reuben did all the engineering and production himself with help from his brother Kody (who also makes amazing music under the name S I L I C O N) and the sound of the album is so central to how great it is. I kind of hate those brothers for being so talented. But I love them for making great music.
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