|Try Some Music From New Zealand|
Just some recommendations, in no particular order. I haven't bothered to include the great albums by the good old NZ bands - Split Enz, The Muttonbirds, Crowded House, The Clean and so forth. Most of the albums listed are from the past decade. They're all great, it's a shame they don't generally seem to be in Sputnik's database. If you're into Nu-Metal (I'm not) try Blindspott and ditto for Emo and The Bleeders.
|1|| ||Liam Finn|
I'll Be Lightning
Awesome debut from Neil Finn's son. Self desribed as "Experimental Pop". Has the same Beatles-flavoured feel for harmony as you'd hear on a Crowded House record.
Very quirky and enjoyable pop-rock, loads of great songs that veer off in unexpected directions.
Out Of The Moon
Second album, not quite as surprising, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Great stuff. Alternative. Their only album unfortunately.
Red Light Syndrome
Not to be confused with the American pun-pop band by the same name. This album is very good.
Pipeline Under The Ocean
Pluto's second album is also very good. Alternative rock.
Amusing pop-rock, unusual instrumentation, song structures and lyrics - all enjoyably concocted.
3 Brothers making distinctive pop-rock. Some great and memorable songs.
Very good second album.
|10|| ||Elemeno P|
Love and Disrespect
These guys don't take themselves seriously and they're awesome at it. Punk format, but not hardcore at all, or trying to be. 2 parts sense of humour, one part musicianship.
You Are Here
More conventional rock, with some great songs.
Alternative rock with an industrial edge. Considered Shihad's best by many.
Shihad take a more varied approach, mixing hard rock with indie-pop and garage elements. My favourite Shihad album.
The General Electric
Great and distinctive rock album. Loads of excellent songs.
|15||The Mint Chicks|
Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Alternative rock. Very good stuff, off the beaten path but extremely enjoyable.
|16|| ||Salmonella Dub|
Inside The Dub Plates
Great dub album from NZ.
|17|| ||The Black Seeds|
On The Sun
More great dub. Great tunes.
|18|| ||Fat Freddy's Drop|
Based On A True Story
Soulful dub from NZ's masters. Awesome album.
|19|| ||Concord Dawn|
Great (and refreshingly nusical for the genre) Drum and Bass album.
|20|| ||The Finn Brothers|
Everyone Is Here
Great reunion album by Neil and Tim Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz etc), the patron saints of NZ music.
|21|| ||Breaks Co-op|
The Sound Inside
hard to defin, but really good. Indie/roots/electronica?
|22|| ||Greg Johnson|
Here Comes The Caviar
Excellent singer-songwriter album.
|23|| ||The Feelers|
Rock. Some great tunes.
|24|| ||The Feelers|
This is a very good rock album. The mellower songs are the best though.
Frenetic garage rock. Pretty good too.
|26|| ||Brooke Fraser|
What To Do With Daylight
Great singer-songwriter, beautiful voice and meaningful lyrics.
|27|| ||Brooke Fraser|
More of the same, gratefully accepted.
|28|| ||Bic Runga|
Bic is just an awesome singer-songwriter. Her first album is very good.
|29|| ||Bic Runga|
Her second album is exceptional. Definitely my favourite of the three. Beautifully crafted songs.
|30|| ||Bic Runga|
The third album is nice too.