Given it’s NZ music month I wanted to celebrate the vast array of musical talent out there, so here is a selection of recent singles I rate right now.

Indie pop singer-songwriter and Goodshirt member, Gareth Thomas has released a new single from his solo debut album Lady Alien.

‘Gone Cold’ arrives just in time for winter and is beautifully restrained and with an organic eighties feel –reminding me in parts of Tom Petty and Steve Miller. The track unfolds with a distended bass vamp set amidst a spacious soundscape that slowly escalates with the introduction of layered acoustic and electric guitar and stacked BVs.

The new video is a beautifully realised film noir style production featuring Gareth himself as a ‘sensitive zombie’.

Paper Cranes have recently released their new album The Road Home and with it their current single ‘Again & Again’, a sunny, catchy, upbeat track driven by syncopated acoustic guitars, rolling drums and uplifting vocal harmonies. This is a love song set amidst the turmoil of current world issues; capitalism, wealth inequality and screen addiction to name a few.

Their new video is fresh from the cutting floor and features ex-Shortland St bad boy Chris Tempest who is plagued by an incessant storm cloud. View it here:

‘For the Love of Glory’ is the new video single from NZ’s own westie gal, Jan Hellriegel. An unlikely mélange of Middle-Eastern, cowboy, cinematic pop, this song really gets in. Co-written by Hellriegel and Martin Brown, the lyrics cleverly call into play notions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.

The video is made up of 1970’s super 8 footage of Western Springs speedway shot by Jan’s panelbeater and auto-enthusiast father and is charming in its nostalgia.

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