Here’s a beaut 1 minute and 59 second blast of fuzzed-out melodic power-pop from Invercargill band Shunkan. “Our Names” is the first airing for a song from an upcoming album recorded with a full band.

If you have loitered around the PopLib pages here for the past year you’ll know the story of Shunkan – Marina’s relocation from LA to Invercargill NZ, DIY recording & UK label cassette release of the fabulous “Honey, Milk & Blood” EP then forming a band to play the songs live.

“Our Names” can be purchased via UK label Art Is Hard and comes – in a typically innovative Art Is Hard format – as a screen printed comic with three songs as a download (“Our Names’ and two demos for album tracks).

An album was recorded late last year in Christchurch and adds the considerable drumming talents of Andy Gibbs from The River Jones (another PopLib favourite). Her crisp, explosive style provides the perfect propulsive fuel for this song. This sub-2-minute observational slice-of-life song explodes with melodic hooks and is an enticing entree for the full album, hopefully out later (but not too much later) this year.