New & Recent Releases Nov 09

This episode is another typically eclectic collection of new and recent releases - starting off with Psychic Powers, who I recently featured on the Music Alliance Pact, a monthly collection of tracks compiled by music bloggers around the world. Psychic Powers are themselves an international collaboration between Wellingtonian Nik Brinkman of Across the Atlantic and Alejandro Cohen from Los Angeles - writing songs together from opposite sides of the globe via the internet. The song Wellington that I featured on the Music Alliance Pact has just been released as a limited edition shocking pink 7"single, but there are other songs available to download from the RCRD LBL site. There's also a clip for 'Wellington' on the video page.

Also from Wellington are a young, upcoming band Standing On Chairs. Earlier this year they self-released an album of indie synth/guitar pop that showed some real promise so I'm looking forward to the 5 track EP they're currently working on. Their self-titled album is available as a free high bit-rate download from NZ music download store Sellmates.

Bond Street Bridge is the musical project of Sam Prebble (pictured). He's a multi instrumentalist who wrote the songs, sang and played piano, guitar, drums mandolin and strings for his acclaimed but under the radar 2008 indie-folk- electronica album The Mapmakers Art. I recommend looking that album out and also getting hold of a new Bond Street Bridge song ' Birds' which is available as free download from his label Monkey Records. There are a number of his videos on the video page.

Hamilton isn't the place that you would first think of as being the home of a dub band but that's where Knights of the Dub Table hail from. They've just released a digital EP featuring their song 'Sing it to Me' along with remixes by a Who's Who of the NZ downbeat scene - Tiki Taane, Optimus Gryme and Australian based New Zealanders The Versionaries. The whole EP is available as a free download from Amplifier.

I started with Psychic Powers which features Nik Brinkman, one half of Over The Atlantic. The other half is Bevan Smith who also has a solo project Signer. He makes electronic based music that is too off-kilter to be truly ambient bringing in elements of post-rock and the indie he played before he turned to the laptop. Signer has a new album Next We Bring You The Fire out late November. The song 'Languidly Toot' from the album is available as a free download from A Low Hum. There are a collection of Signer videos on the video page.

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