Misfit Mod

Here’s day 13 of the challenge to find and share some New Zealand music every day of May – NZ Music Month.

Today’s offering is a single from an expat Christchurch synth/ vocal artist Misfit Mod (Sarah Kelleher) now based in London. I’m a sucker for 7” singles and this song is minimalist pop perfection so it’s on the way. There is something in this song that reminds me of Young Marble Giants . Perhaps it’s the pop simplicity, open spaces and gentle pulse of the rhythms, and the way the intimate yet detached voice floats above.

There are many equally brilliant tracks on the album ‘Islands & Islands’ that the single ‘Sugar C.’ comes from – check the eerie, icy soundscape dislocation of ‘Ghost Me’ for another side of Misfit Mod.

The album is a winning combination of approachable current/ future electronic pop, executed with skill and restraint, and the solemn art and poise of the kind of dark New Wave electronic music that featured in the early years of the Mute label.

If you are not yet convinced download this free song ‘Valleys. It’s a fuller, more accessible dream-pop song and also utterly perfect.

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