On the NZ music scene.

We havn’t talked a lot about the NZ music scene, but over the past three years in NZ, we have had the opportunity to get to know some great musical artists and take in some pretty awesome gigs, so we thought it was about time we shared some of them with you.  Considering NZ’s size of just over 4 million people, they have a pretty solid offering of musical talent.  Here are just a few of our favorites…

Paper Cranes

Paper Cranes are a new up-and-coming Auckland band.  Without knowing it at the time, we sat next to them at church several weeks ago.  I especially love their first single, Little Darling.  Have a listen here.

Great North

I first met Rachel Donnell while I worked at Henderson North School.  After attending one of her gigs, I came to the realization that she is also an extremely talented bass player and vocalist.  Rachel and her husband Hayden are the lead vocalists and musicians in the folk band Great North.  We have since seen Great North play three times live now, and have enjoyed each one of their shows very much.

You can check out several of Great North’s songs here.

Family Cactus

We’ve seen Family Cactus, a Wellington band, play live twice now, and quite enjoy their music.

Listen to their song Kingmaker and other good ones here.

I especially enjoy the music video for their song, Whole and Red- nothing too fancy about it, but a good taste of what they are like to see live.

Watercolors

Watercolours

Listen to up-and-coming NZ artist Watercolours’ song Night Swimmer here.  Though not yet available on iTunes, I’ve been itching to get my hands on this album.

Lips

Originally from NZ but now based out of Brooklyn, Stephanie Brown, aka Lips, recently won New Zealand’s top songwriting prize for her song Everything to Me.

Other NZ artists who have been making it “big” overseas these days have included Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, and The Naked and Famous.  And you can’t forget Flight of the Concords.  If you havn’t yet seen the video for their song Feel Inside, which features contributions by a number of NZ music artists, it is definitely worth a watch.

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