Sun Midnight Sun
Watkins resurrects the Everly Brothers song You’re The One I Love, dueting with Fiona Apple to recreate that trademark 60s harmony sound. You have to wonder how the paths of the sweet Watkins and the bad Apple crossed, but the result is an eccentric, dramatic and wild track.
Where the River Turns Black
Ottosen, whose singing style and cheekbones bear similarities to Francoise Hardy and Nico’s, is something of a fashion plate, and this album would be the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon at the hairdressers or a trip to your favourite boutique.
Ah, the nineties. It was a time of cargo pants. A time when people pierced their tongues and turned their hair primary colours with Fudge. A time when Wynona Ryder was better known as an actress than as a shoplifter. A time when Friends was new and fresh. Auckland duo Luckless channel that late 90s vibe with their PJ Harvey and Nick Cave-inspired ballads of melancholy.
The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
It might just be that in our fence-sitting political climate, this middle of the road album is the soundtrack of our times.