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2015-05-26
Able Tasmans: A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down

Reissue of the Able Tasman's 1986 debut full-length album 'A Cup Of Tea and A Lye Down' with bonus 12" containing the bands first EP 'The Tired Sun' (1985) and three bonus tracks.

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2016-08-05
Lawrence Arabia: Absolute Truth

Lawrence Arabia - the pseudonym of James Milne - is a connoisseur of classic songwriting, creating timeless music inspired as much by 1970's West Coast Americana as New Zealand indie pop.

In April 2016 Lawrence Arabia released the first single A Lake from his forthcoming album Absolute Truth. Described by A Line Of Best Fit as: "is a confident, assured sound and the overall feeling that he's finally happened upon the sound that works for him... with tracks as strong as this, there's every chance that Lawrence Arabia's new album will give him the worldwide recognition his music deserves."

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2013-12-03
Ghost Wave: Ages

Auckland, New Zealand based rock band whose sound finds itself somewhere between the Flying Nun bands of the ‘80s, the British explosion of the ‘60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee "Scratch" Perry. ‘Ages’ is the bands debut record recorded and self-produced in various studios around Auckland, New Zealand in six days.

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2016-10-28
Aldous Harding: Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding's songs are not for the faint of heart. Disarming in their desolate imagery and vulnerable instrumentation, they deal with the raw materials of life: birth, death, love and grief. Sometimes reminiscent of 60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs, Harding's work lies in more harsh terrain than her forebears - piercing the long history of the genre with a grit and sincerity rarely encountered.

Based in New Zealand's Southern port town of Lyttelton, Auckland-born Harding began playing to the public in small-town venues and busking on the streets. It wasn't long before her name became synonymous with both the vivid devastation of her wordplay and the stark intensity of her performance; a unique blend of fragility and sinewy, world-won strength that belies her youth.

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2013-11-12
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2016-04-01
Peter Jeffries & Jono Lonie: At Swim 2 Birds

Peter Jefferies (percussions, piano, tapes etc.) and Jono Lonie (guitar, violin, percussions etc) collaborated to make this album in 1987, originally released on Flying Nun. Noise ambience, minimalism, piano-scapes, experimental moods, open forms... a homemade instrumental sound related with so many fields, seeking for free combinations among several elements and defending both antithesis and co-existence.

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2018-06-29
Kody Nielson: Birthday Suite

Forever twisting genre, technique and persona, Kody Nielson is one of New Zealand’s most vital musicians. From explosive art punk pioneers The Mint Chicks, neopsych project Opossom, Silicon and his collaboration on brother Ruban’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra all highlight his output is as prolific as it is eclectic Birthday Suite is an energetic, elaborate set of arrangements that sees a heady mix of baroque flourishes, afrobeat, 70’s disco, jazz and offbeat psychedelic rock combined with immaculate craftsmanship to compose the ultimate celebration of being born and getting older.

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2017-07-14
Bressa Creeting Cake: Bressa Creeting Cake

Formed in Auckland in the early 1990s, Bressa Creeting Cake's, catalog is packed with avant-pop. Right from the opening calypso swing of 'Palm Singing', always displaying a playful inventiveness that goes throughout the album. With plenty of psychedelic tinges and a touch of progressive rock, the band don’t get stuck in any one place for long, from the frivolous fun of 'Rocky Mountain' to the beautiful 'Chip That Sells Millions', the term 'pure pop genius' jumps to mind. Never released before on vinyl this expanded double LP edition of the bands debut s/t album also features tracks from the Papa People EP plus b-sides and rarites.

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2013-07-16
Bird Nest Roys: Compilation

Bird Next Roys were a six piece guitar pop band formed in Auckland, New Zealand in the Mdi 1980's. Despite a large geographical distance between their home suburb Grey Lynn and the depths of the south Dunedin, Bird Next Roys were associated with the 'Dunedin Sound' Wave of bands that kick started Flying Nun Records. It is Bird Nest Roys knack for off-kilter Kiwi pop and quite literal layered guitars (out of the six person line up, four were holding guitars that assured the band's popularity in New Zealand. In their short existence of four years, the band produced an EP, Full length LP, and a single 7", as well as the platform for members to later become pivotal members of the 3D's and Snapper. Re-issued for the first time is the band's entire previously released discography, as well as unreleased/unrecorded live material. Presented in a 2xLP gatefold with previously unseen posters, flyers and emphera, as well as digitally an on CD.

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2014-05-27
The Bats: Compiletely Bats

Originally released on cassette in 1987, Compiletely Bats gathers together this great New Zealand band’s first three EPs - ‘By Night’ (1984), ‘And Here Is “Music for the Fireside’ (1985) and 1986’s ‘Made Up in Blue’. These early tracks show a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world. And for good reason. From the opening ‘Made Up in Blue’ through to tracks like ‘Claudine’ the guitars jangle with both an optimism and a deeper melancholy that lurks just below the surface. While at times their offhand vocals and melodies tell tales of indecision and despair, The Bats also masters of a sound and feeling that can only be described as joy. Presented in a gatefold 2xLP with unseen flyers, posters and emphera.

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2014-05-27
The Bats: Daddy's Highway

The 1987 debut album from New Zealand indie-pop pioneers The Bats, Daddy’s Highway has now been re-issued and premastered. One of the outstanding New Zealand albums from the 1980s, from the lo-fi pop hook of ‘North by North’ through to the gentle drone of ‘Tragedy’, Daddy’s Highway displays a quietly powerful sound that immediately tugs you in. There is a quirky energy throughout - such as 'Block of Wood' - that also glows with shimmering harmonies, whispered vocals, reeling baselines and a sweet sense of despair that is as catchy as it is thought-provoking.

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2019-01-18
DOG Power: DOG Power

DOG Power is a New Zealand founded, Serbian based rock band. DOG Power is rooted in their use of samples, live percussion, drum machines, synthesisers and guitars which lay a foundation for Perry's deep, sonorous voice. Taking equal ques from Sade and The Stooges, Serge Gainsbourg and Suicide, these seven tracks span genres, encompassing everything from industrial electronica to baroque pop, super-sonic rock'n'roll to something out of a seventies spy film… One directed by David Lynch.

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2017-07-14
Garageland: Garageland

Re-issued for the first time Auckland's Garageland 'Comeback Special EP' and 'Last Exit To Garageland' which when released made solid splashes on student radio as well as going on to reach number 5 in the NZ music album charts. Guitars turned up and warm reverb tossing off words nonchalantly in the way that great NZ bands have always mumbled through a catchy tune, Garageland were mining a rich musical vein. Deluxe 2xLP, including, B-sides, rarites and digital download.

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2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Hallelujah All The Way Home

After a series of singles and an EP, the band released their first full-length album Hallelujah - All the Way Home in 1985. Just like their early releases, at the heart of these songs were tales of drunkards and romantics all punctuated by guitar blasts and instrumental flourishes. It was the perfect debut for a band that would continue on for over 30-years to a career, filled with constantly building intensity, all the while refusing to stick to one pitch or tone. Even the more straightforward songs can’t help but take unexpected turns, and it is no wonder that tracks such as “The Ballad of Harry Noryb” and “Phil Too?” rapidly became highlights of any Verlaines’ show.

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2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Hallelujah All The Way Home

After a series of singles and an EP, the band released their first full-length album Hallelujah - All the Way Home in 1985. Just like their early releases, at the heart of these songs were tales of drunkards and romantics all punctuated by guitar blasts and instrumental flourishes. It was the perfect debut for a band that would continue on for over 30-years to a career, filled with constantly building intensity, all the while refusing to stick to one pitch or tone. Even the more straightforward songs can’t help but take unexpected turns, and it is no wonder that tracks such as “The Ballad of Harry Noryb” and “Phil Too?” rapidly became highlights of any Verlaines’ show.

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2016-04-01
Street Chant: Hauora

The release of Street Chant's debut album Means in 2010 set in motion a small Auckland tremor that unraveled into a rollicking roller coaster. This included international tours including with The Lemonheads, Dead Weather, local slots at Laneway, The Big Day Out, a tour with David Saunders playing The 3ds, numerous tours up and down New Zealand, an underdog victory winning the Critics Choice, various other award nominations and no shortage of trouble in-between. In 2013 Street Chant released an EP Isthmus if One-Thousand Lovers, then mostly kept themselves busy finishing off their album.

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2016-03-18
Tiny Ruins and Hamish Kilgour: Hurtling Through

Tiny Ruins and Hamish Kilgour (from The Clean) have combined to record the EP Hurtling Through - mixed by Gary Olsen

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2013-11-12
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2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Juvenilia

After a series of singles and an EP, the band released their first full-length album Hallelujah - All the Way Home in 1985. Just like their early releases, at the heart of these songs were tales of drunkards and romantics all punctuated by guitar blasts and instrumental flourishes. It was the perfect debut for a band that would continue on for over 30-years to a career, filled with constantly building intensity, all the while refusing to stick to one pitch or tone. Even the more straightforward songs can’t help but take unexpected turns, and it is no wonder that tracks such as “The Ballad of Harry Noryb” and “Phil Too?” rapidly became highlights of any Verlaines’ show.

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2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Juvenilia

Juvenilia is a compilation of The Verlaines’ brilliant early singles and EPs. First released on vinyl in 1987 and later reissued on CD with bonus tracks in 1993, it documents their early history and is the perfect introduction to one of New Zealand’s greatest bands. Opening with the irrepressible “Death and the Maiden,” a song that for many is archetypal of the group’s deft ability to wield a pop hook, Juvenilia is a constant display of the unstoppable songwriting skills of vocalist/guitarist Graeme Downes.

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2016-08-19
The Chills: Kaleidoscope World

Kaleidoscope World is not just the starting point for The Chills, but a story of how it all began and an insight into the world of New Zealand guitar-pop and the 'Dunedin Sound' - an influence which carries on to indie-pop bands around the world today.

Originally released in 1986, the compilation captures the best of the magical early period recordings of The Chills and simply oozes excitement and possibility. The zany brightness of the cover art against the black background only hints at the wonder contained within. Now re-issued again on a deluxe 2xLP and CD set, featuring six bonus, b-sides, demos and live tracks plus an expanded gatefold cover with photos, posters and liner notes from journalist Martin Aston.

As Flying Nun label founder Roger Shepherd put it - Kaleidoscope World is "complex, varied but simple and direct. Musically sophisticated but joyous, poppy and accessible. Essential."

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2014-05-27
The Bats: Law Of Things

The Law Of Things showcases The Bats doing what they do best, undeniable jangle indie pop. Recorded 1988 (released 1990) back on home soil after stints of touring and recording in Europe and The US. A 2xLP set including they 1988 EP ‘Four Songs’ as well as never heard before studio outtakes from The Law Of Things sessions. Presented in a gatefold 2xLP with unseen flyers, posters and emphera.

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2017-06-16
Fazerdaze: Morningside

The brainchild of Amelia Murray, Fazerdaze​ began as a string of bedroom recordings created late in the night, emerging fully-formed in 2014 as her debut eponymous EP. NME described it as 'elegant dream pop', while US blog HillyDilly exclaimed how 'Fazerdaze transports us to a warm, optimistic sonic space with her glistening synths and mellow acoustic guitar strums'. NZ's Sunday Star Times listed it in their 'Best of 2014' spread, hailing it as a 'versatile collection of near-perfect pop songs...'.

Since the EP release, Fazerdaze and her band have shifted to another level. Opening the 2015 New Zealand Silver Scroll Awards with her cover of Marlon Williams' Dark Child as well as supporting and touring with international acts like Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Connan Mockasin. This year Fazerdaze toured the UK, became a genuine highlight at Australia's BIGSOUND music conference and recently took part in the the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal.

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2017-08-04
Shayne P Carter: Offsider

Shayne P Carter (born in Dunedin, New Zealand) is best known for leading early 80’s punk band The Bored Games followed by The Doublehappys, then the Straitjacket Fits into the mid 1990's. From 1995-2012 he was the only permanent member of Dimmer. Offsider is his first album under his own name.

Accolades Carter has earned during his career include membership of the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, the Legacy Award (both earned with Straitjacket Fits at the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards), and New Zealand Music Awards for Best Group and Best Rock Album (Dimmer, 2004).

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2017-07-14
Grayson Gilmour: Otherness

The 'Otherness' is the latest album from New Zealand's experimental-alternative pop connoisseur Grayson Gilmour. This album is Grayson's third record with Flying Nun and follows on from the 2014 release 'Infinite Life!'. Over a 15 year music career, Grayson has built himself a dedicated fan base and admiration from music critics across New Zealand and internationally for not just his solo work but his band So So Modern and his more recent film and TV work.

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2016-04-15
avoid!avoid: Particle & Wave

Avoid! Avoid play krautrock inspired psychospheric drone and are Sonya Waters (Fang/White Swan Black Swan), Stephen Reay (the Subliminals/the Haints of Dean Hall) and Brendan Moran (the Subliminals/Hasslehoff Experiment).

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2017-08-04
Mermaidens: Perfect Body

Mermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, who are renowned for their intricate and unique songwriting, boldly raw but increasingly refined studio production, and a hypnotic live synergy that leaves audiences enchanted. Their entrance onto the NZ music scene was extremely strong following the releases of their widely acclaimed debut EP O in 2014 and subsequent album Undergrowth in 2016. As a result, they were offered dozens of national shows and international support slots, which led to them being picked up by Flying Nun records, who release the band’s first international album, Perfect Body, on 4th August 2017.

The excitement around Mermaidens' debut album was encapsulated by i-D contributor Wendy Syfret, who described them as one of; "New Zealand's most enigmatic and engaging young bands."

Their impressive portfolio of support slots and sold out shows, attests to the charm and excellence of their live show. In just a few years Mermaidens have sold out major venues in New Zealand as well as supporting international acts such as Death Cab For Cutie, Sleater Kinney, and Mac Demarco, and Windhand.

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2018-10-05
indi: Precipice

'indi' is the moniker of Berlin based contemporary musician and composer Indira Force, who originates from the rain forests of Titirangi, New Zealand. Precipice creates lush intimacy with it's combination of electronic and classical instrumentation, with a signature sound that relies on intricate details and multi-layered structures.