5 intriguing Kiwi albums arriving in 2019

by James Belfield / 29 January, 2019

Music critic James Belfield looks forward to new releases from Tiny Ruins, Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson, Broods, Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid.

Tiny Ruins.

Tiny Ruins. Photo/Supplied

Tiny Ruins

Due next month is Hollie Fullbrook’s third album, Olympic Girls, which promises a similar wry lyricism to 2014’s Brightly Painted One but in a more experimental, intricately woven dream-pop setting – perhaps the influence of working with veteran movie and music oddball David Lynch.

Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson.

Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson. Photo/Supplied

Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson

Conceived and composed “over the kitchen table”, this album has awaited a release date since mid-2018 while Davidson concentrated on his solo album and Saunders celebrated 30 years of The Warratahs with a best-of album and tour. The mix of old-school Kiwi country and Davidson’s kooky production is an intriguing prospect.

Broods.

Broods. Photo/Getty Images

Broods

That they were dropped by hit-hungry US major label Capitol after two albums probably explains the pointed title – Don’t Feed the Pop Monster – of the imminent third LP by Nelson siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott. Initial singles Peach and Everything Goes (Wow) display a more avant-garde approach although there are still pop hooks on the likes of Life After, co-written with producer Joel Little.

Aldous Harding.

Aldous Harding. Photo/Harriet Were/Supplied

Aldous Harding

After the emotional brittleness of 2017 album Party, which detailed her break-up with Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding promises her third LP, Designer  (due on April 26), will be “warmer”. It is once again produced by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish and has been recorded in Bristol and South Wales. 

Nadia Reid.

Nadia Reid. Photo/Si Moore/Supplied

Nadia Reid

Having recorded her first two acclaimed albums with producer Ben Edwards in Lyttelton, Nadia Reid has upped sticks for her third. She headed to Richmond, Virginia to record at Spacebomb Studios with producer Matthew E White and the establishment’s hot-shot house band that has backed White, a jazz-soul singer-songwriter in his own right, on his albums. Last year, Reid told the Listener she’d been proud of her first two records but hadn’t “felt they were 100% me; now I’m growing into myself more and more” and said this album (due in autumn) will be “bolder”.

This article was first published in the January 19, 2019 issue of the New Zealand Listener.

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