Since signing a record deal at the tender age of 16, Finn Andrews and his band The Veils have released 5 albums together, appeared in David Lynch's reboot of Twin Peaks, as well as on soundtracks by luminary film directors Tim Burton and Paolo Sorrentino, and was also recently been commissioned by the Belgian government to write a 20-minute orchestral piece to commemorate the antipodean dead of World War I. It was while writing 2016’s Total Depravity that the New Zealand-raised musician realized a different streak was beginning to emerge. Fueled by the end of a relationship, Andrews took some time out from London and from The Veils, and returned to New Zealand to begin work on his first solo album, One Piece At A Time.The resulting album is one of Andrews’ most profound and intimate pieces of work. Recorded entirely live at The Lab in Auckland, and engineered and co-produced by Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins), the band includes Andrews on vocals, piano, and guitar; Cass Basil on electric and upright bass; Alex Freer on drums; Healy on guitar; Reb Fountain and Nina Siegler on backing vocals; with sprawling string arrangements by Victoria Kelly.
MILLY TABAK & THE MILTONES
Milly Tabak and The Miltones are known as the masters of blending modern blues-rock with the nostalgia of a vIntage record collection. The Auckland five-piece have been turning heads with their powerful stage presence and moody melodies since forming in 2014. Helping Tabak deliver a classic Americana sound are some of Auckland’s most respected musicians in Liam Pratt (guitars), Chip Matthews (bass), Guy Harrison (keys and horns) and Tom Broome (drums). Their first album won the Taite Prize Best Independent Debut for ‘The Miltones,’ and the follow-up ‘Honest Woman’ came out just before Covid-19 put an end to live shows to mark the release.
Rising indie stars DAFFODILS success continues to escalate, quickly. The Auckland four-piece stepped into the spotlight with the release of their 2017 debut single, “Two Angels”. 2018 saw the group release a trio of tracks -among them fan favourite, “A Leo Underwater” -and were signed by the UK’s Kartel Music Group. In late October 2019 they delivered their debut EP featuring five tracks including title track “Boys” and “Why Don’t You Hold Me?”.Daffodils are Theo Spike Salmon (guitar, vocals), Isaac Keating (drums), Jade Bryham (keyboards, backing vocals) and Louis Graham (bass, backing vocals)
MOLLY & THE CHROMATICS
Prior to the release of their debut EP Straight Lines in 2016, M&TC found their feet in the Auckland music scene as an exciting, dynamic and highly danceable act. Their sound is one that demands to be heard live. M&TC’s collective passion for Jazz, Funk, Soul, Electronica and Hip-Hop & RnB is evident in the group’s sound. Throw in a two part horns section that joins the band for live performance and you’ve got a recipe for a good time. Equal parts meticulous, rhythmic and experimental, their music cannot be easily classified or labeled, but fused with Molly’s smoky, soulful vocals the result is captivating. Think Tom Misch, Hollie Smith, Hiatus Kaiyote, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Erykah Badu as inspiration for the band’s tunes.
Like anyone in their mid-20’s, Holly is confused, restless, mostly sad and sometimes extremely happy. When she’s not writing about loving someone who “burns her edges” she’s soaking up the sun and singing her own praises for wasting time. You never know what emotion Holly will embody next but you can always expect a fine representation of it. In May 2020, she released her debut EP, Sister, a tribute to important women in her life. Five tracks of soulful and desperate melodies encased in heavy grooves and slick guitar lines. As Corinne at muzic.net puts it “There is intensity in her songwriting which is equally matched by her opulent vocals”. Sister acted as a farewell to Holly’s past and music influences, a brief prelude before the new “thing” set her back into the dark cave of creation.If 2020 was to be summed up by an artist it would be Holly Afoa, not just because of her unpredictable moods but also her ever changing sound and chameleon personas delivered through her vast music abilities. Stay tuned, the new year will bring a new “Holly” - artist, creator, R&B pioneer.
Acoustic-indie artist Renee Coffey is a local musician who has made the recent move to the Bay of Plenty after spending the prior year in South America. Her debut album Hummingbird was a collaboration project with London Producer, Sam Johnson at Rhythm Ace Studios. Using her Loop pedal to build up many layers, Renee has found a unique sound that has pure soul at the heart of it.