Xavi Reija: Dreamscape Room (2020)

Xavi Reija: Dreamscape Room (2020)

Back in 2017, Reija released a drums/piano/bass album called ‘Reflections’, with pianist Nitai Hershkovits and bassist Pau Lligadas. Here he has returned to the same format, but this time around he has brought in José Manuel Posada “Popo” (electric bass)...
Amber Weekes: The Gathering (2020)

Amber Weekes: The Gathering (2020)

When I reviewed Amber’s previous album, ‘Pure Imagination’, I said that she had a wonderful voice, yet the album did not really work for me, and here I am listening to her first Christmas release and thinking the same thing. One thing that put me off was the contrived...
Swerve City: Moving Pictures (2021) single

Swerve City: Moving Pictures (2021) single

It was only when I was asked to review the new Swerve City single that I realised I still hadn’t reviewed the previous one! That’s what happens when I am not organised enough, but given I always have too much to write about and not enough time to listen and write then...
Mudbelly: Mudbelly (2020)

Mudbelly: Mudbelly (2020)

Earlier this year I ventured out in the middle of a severe weather warning into the centre of Christchurch to see Mudbelly at their album launch gig. The band had waited a long time to put on the show, as although the album was recorded the previous year, there had...
Crowded House: Dreamers Are Waiting (2021)

Crowded House: Dreamers Are Waiting (2021)

For those outside Aotearoa, it is hard to describe just how important the name “Finn” is within our musical world. For us it means Tim, the visionary who brought us Split Enz, who then roped his younger brother into the band. When that group broke up Neil went on to...