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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.
2 Goldenhorse
Riverhead


Very quirky and enjoyable pop-rock, loads of great songs that veer off in unexpected directions.
3 Goldenhorse
Out Of The Moon


Second album, not quite as surprising, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
4 Superette
Tiger


Great stuff. Alternative. Their only album unfortunately.
5 Pluto
Red Light Syndrome


Not to be confused with the American pun-pop band by the same name. This album is very good.
6 Pluto
Pipeline Under The Ocean


Pluto's second album is also very good. Alternative rock.
7 Goodshirt
Good


Amusing pop-rock, unusual instrumentation, song structures and lyrics - all enjoyably concocted.
8Evermore
Dreams


3 Brothers making distinctive pop-rock. Some great and memorable songs.
9 Evermore
Real Life


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.
11 Opshop
You Are Here


More conventional rock, with some great songs.
12Shihad
Churn


Alternative rock with an industrial edge. Considered Shihad's best by many.
13Shihad
Shihad


Shihad take a more varied approach, mixing hard rock with indie-pop and garage elements. My favourite Shihad album.
14Shihad
The General Electric


Great and distinctive rock album. Loads of excellent songs.
15The 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
Uprising


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
Communicate


Rock. Some great tunes.
24 The Feelers
Supersystem


This is a very good rock album. The mellower songs are the best though.
25The Datsuns
The Datsuns


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
Albertine


More of the same, gratefully accepted.
28 Bic Runga
Drive


Bic is just an awesome singer-songwriter. Her first album is very good.
29 Bic Runga
Beautiful Collision


Her second album is exceptional. Definitely my favourite of the three. Beautifully crafted songs.
30 Bic Runga
Birds


The third album is nice too.
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