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Glass VaultsDay 18 of our 31 Days of May New Zealand Music Month marathon is a cheerful pop song to cheer everyone up on a miserable day (snow is apparently on the way here in the south!). Here’s Glass Vaults with “Mindreader”

The vibe here is a bit like something from “Around the World in a Day” by Prince – bright flouro funky psychedelic synth-pop with phat synth bass and some wobbly keyboard sounds. The whole album delivers a very clean and clear minimal style of infectious hook-laden synth-pop.

Glass Vaults – Richard Larsen, Rowan Pierce and Bevan Smith – are from Wellington, New Zealand and you can read much more about them and the tracks on this finely crafted album at The Wireless.

Bevan Smith may be familiar to some as the prolific musical mastermind behind multiple musical entities including Aspen, SkallanderSigner, and more recently Introverted Dancefloor, and also the mastering mind behind Death and the Maiden‘s lovely debut album too.

 

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Estere - Photo by Tamara Jones Photography https://www.facebook.com/Tamara.Jones.Photography

Estere – Photo by Tamara Jones Photography

Day 8 of the may month of NZ Music madness comes from Wellington based singer & MPC composer/ producer Estere.

‘Reptilian Journey’ builds up ingeniously from almost back-to-front beats to something odd & lovely by the time the sampled sounds and Estere’s elastic voice comes in.

It is part of a free to download debut album. There’s some very tasty work in here, combining playful samples & beats from her MPC – called ‘Lola’ – as a minimalist backdrop for standout vocal performances.

Estere describes the genre as ‘electric blue witch hop’ – I’ll take her word for that.