Kia ora and welcome to this edition of the Weekly Music Haul! This week I’m filling in for Jack, and I’ve got to say it’s great being back in my old stomping ground.


Emily Fairlight – The Escape

Wellington’s Emily Fairlight shows us that she knows something about escaping. This latest single is built on a razor thin guitar line, used delicately to surround Emily’s tender vocals. The song is romantic, and is noteworthy for how it uses sounds from a distant year to convey its charming subject matter. It’s a pity about Cyclone Gita, because this would have sounded really good on an outdoor deck chair.


Frank Ocean – Moon River

Honestly, what did we do to deserve Frank Ocean? Moon River is a cover of the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer track made famous by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It being a cover gives it a different song structure to most of Frank’s other tracks, but he undoubtedly makes the song his: crooning like the world has never heard crooning before.


Mark Kozelek – Day in America

Last week in the United States the unthinkable happened to a high school in Florida. This shooting feels different though, and we’ve all been inspired watching the surviving teenagers very bluntly demand action from their lawmakers on gun control.

Mark Kozelek, the man behind Sun Kil Moon, is somebody else who has been moved by the tragedy. In the fifteen minute Day in America he tracks his thought process and mourns a country that turns endurance into a routine.


Song of the Week: My Queen is Harriet Tubman

Sons of Kemet have a great ear for role models and an even greater ear for a beat, a build-up and a groove. The Barbados/UK artist is closely associated with some of grime’s biggest, and that’s obvious when you think about how much they both make you want to get up and dance. This is already a Song of the Year contender.


New Album Announcements – Robyn and Janelle Monáe

This is how you know 2018 will be one for the books. Pop heavyweights Robyn and Janelle Monáe are both releasing albums (individually, unfortunately) sometime this year. For Robyn it’ll be her first solo album in eight (!) years. Her last album produced some of the best music of the decade, so it’d be fair to say I’m very excited to hear her next endeavour. For Janelle Monáe this will be her first in five. The announcement has come with a captivating trailer. As if I wasn’t hooked enough.


ALEX LYALL has been obsessed with music since Green Day’s American Idiot. Until then he genuinely thought it was illegal to call anybody that word. Alex studies Law at Canterbury so can confirm that actually, it is perfectly legal to do so.