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Na Noise return with a 7″ single featuring two blistering new tunes warping old-style 1960’s beat-group-pop through their distinctive stylistic blender and time-machine into the 21st century. Here’s “Open the Door”:

Na Noise colloborators Yolanda Fagan and Hariet Ellis have also worked together on BOZO, Vincent H.L, Echo Ohs and Thee Crockettes, so their synchronous combination here of guitars and twinned vocals and exclamatory yelps is as natural as it is compulsive.

“Open The Door” and “Dance With Me” both continue the Na Noise tradition of being musically and stylistically all over the place and totally great. Both songs on this single are timeless fuzzy ye-ye beat-pop garage-rock goodness, with deep wells of surf-guitar reverb, and quivering Electric Prunes toned lead guitar solos, blasting over irresistible hypnotic dance grooves.

They say: “have a rascally take on traditional song — with their new-old songs, the band introduce a new-old sound. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Christopher Varnham who provides organ, drums and various other percussive elements, the three have cultivated a dark sound that is more carnivalesque than it is psychedelic.”

So good I ordered two of the 7″ singles. One to play until it wears out, and the other a back-up spare.

Na NoiseIf you enjoyed the treat from French trio Juniore here recently (and who wouldn’t?) then here’s some fuzzy garage rock from the opposite side of the world – Auckland to be exact. It’s a single from Na Noise called “Then Who”:

Na Noise are Yolanda Fagan and Hariet Ellis (from Echo Ohs) warping old-style 1960’s beat-group-pop through a stylistic blender and time-machine into the 21st century.

The song is built on a catchy George Harrison-styled note-bending guitar lick like an out-take off an early Beatles recording, with soulful smoky Ye-Ye style vocals, a whiff of T. Rex in the chorus vocals and rifferama perhaps, some surf music reverb & twang, and then towards the end, the lead guitar goes into a quivering Electric Prunes toned solo over more Kaylan & Volman style falsetto outro warbling. Get it on indeed.

“Then Who” is musically and stylistically all over the place and it’s totally great. Even with all these oddly combined elements the song sounds neither imitation nor pastiche, just 100% cool, fun and timeless fuzzy beat-pop goodness. Let there be more, please.

Gabriella Cohen

This “Yesterday” today is not the “Yesterday” of mawkish Beatles fame. It’s way better than that. Sounding like it has escaped from a damp concrete basement on a full moon it leads off an EP called “updated regurgitated sever” from Gabriella Cohen.

This is wonderful right from the grainy lo-fi grit and guitar solo intro. But when Cohen’s voice comes in you know this trip is different. The chorus & reverb vocals are reminiscent initially of a parallel-unviverse experimental Kate Bush then PJ Harvey as the song progresses. The solo voice is joined by a lo-fi choir and things go to the next level of perfect Gothic weird-pop goodness.

The rest of the EP is a mixture of off-kilter low-key 60’s ‘girl-group’ pop, folk and broke-down Country rendered in a darkly psychedelic fairground wash. Mostly guitar, voice, choirs of backing vocals and a truckload of plate reverb, all recorded in a simple, somewhat lo-fi but effective way.

Cohen fronts Brisbane’s garage-thrash’n’roll punks The Furrs – a kind of Velvet Underground meets The Cramps band and pretty damned fine as their recent releases show.

This EP demonstrates a different side of the same maverick character. It’s a bit weird and unsettling but also quite accessible.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for the album indicated for early 2016 release.


Anto Pascoe

Day #18 of the May Month of Madness Marathon for NZ Music Month is “June” from the strange, melancholy, reverberating world of Anto Pascoe.

This weird but wonderful combination of reverb-drenched lo-fi keyboard pop-noir seems to channel equal parts East River Pipe, Galaxie 500 and early Beach House. There’s some guitar in here too, but it sounds like it’s being played in a concrete basement, a flight of stairs away from the microphone.

The album, called “To Escape”, is a cassette release from Christchurch label Melted Ice Cream. It’s great. Anto’s voice – often rising to a ghostly falsetto – and the sparse instrumentation blurred and softened by almost infinite delay, all add an enervated, washed out melancholy that’s much more fun than it might sound.

Misfit Mod (video still from 'Cars' video by Ed Lust)

Misfit Mod (video still from ‘Cars’ video by Ed Lust)

Day 27 of the song-a-day-May NZ Music Month madness is a quiet & reflective slice of almost-emptiness called ‘Tribes’ from Misfit Mod.

Misfit Mod provided one of my favourite singles of 2013 with ‘Sugar C’ and I don’t think anyone does languid desolation quite as well as sometimes Christchurch musician Sarah Kelleher under the name Misfit Mod.

Yesterday was a heavy day and a realisation that sometimes just shutting up and listening is the best & most helpful thing you can do when friends are angry, fearful & hurting.

So, when I looked at what to feature for the next post, I found myself back here last night with Misfit Mod’s 2013 album ‘Islands & Islands’ and this song ‘Tribes’. Just sitting quietly listening intently to the distance and space and simplicity in this was just what was needed at that time.

If ‘Tribes’ is just a bit too minimal and beautifully exhausted for you, skip onto the next song ‘Valleys’ for something more traditional in minimalist electronic pop. Better still just download the whole album here and put it on repeat for the rest of the day/ week/ month/ eternity…

Leon Jory

Finding new sounds on Bandcamp is addictive. It’s particularly good fun when they are local sounds. This one popped up today and excited my ears with its over-saturated too-much-of-everything blast of neuro-stimulant audio waves.

Leon Jory is a self-proclaimed ‘big haired, bad jerseys bedroom producer’ from Dunedin. I think he also now plays keyboards in Dunedin’s fruitiest psychedelic space-cadet ensemble Scattered Brains of the Lovely Union (a band well overdue to deliver some kind of audio artefact).

When I heard this the first thought that came into my head was: “Music by someone who has drunk too much, ingested too much, stared too much into a oil-lamp projector, played too many computer arcade style games without sleeping, breathed some vapours too deeply, hyperventilated, hung upside down until all the blood rushes to their head. Maybe all of these things at the same time.” Here’s ‘Myself’ – what do you think?

It’s more than likely Leon has done none of the things in my imagination above and the only thing he’s had too much of is time alone in his bedroom with a keyboard, a computer and every delay & reverb effect known to humankind.

A couple of things make this stand out for me from every other bedroom keyboard recording artist. Firstly is it starts out like a cartoon version of Snapper before spiralling madly out of control and transforming into some kind of baroque pop psychedelic madness. Secondly, the voice is not some whispering self-deprecating bedroom afterthought but a gleeful/ demented yelling-from-the-rooftops, with lines like “I learned not to trust anyone/ except for the ones who showed me love”.