Lana Del Ray – High By The Beach

Lana Del Ray has released her first single, with video, from her upcoming album Honeymoon – due to be released next month. It’s a beautiful song; light and catchy. I love the start of the video, it reminds me of New Zealand’s coastline. The shaky, handy cam-style shots pair nicely with the uncertainty in her lyrics: “Loving you is hard, being here is harder/ I can’t survive if this is all that’s real”. I didn’t think you could spoil a music video, but I can’t tell you what happens at the end of this one. It’s intense! Overall, great song, great video.


James Bay and Mumford & Sons announce shows

I love it when big international acts decide to venture down here to the bottom of the Earth to play a show in little New Zealand. This week saw two big announcements. Mumford & Sons are playing one show in Auckland, at Vector Arena on November 10th. James Bay is playing the Auckland Town Hall next year, on February 9th. My only complaint here is that neither are treating the rest of New Zealand to a show.


New video from Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris has released a music video for his song How Deep Is Your Love. It’s equal parts beautiful, trippy, colourful and intriguing.


Shakes – Hole In Your Pocket

Shakes, the new indie-rock kid on the block have released a new track. Hole In Your Pocket is their debut single and it doesn’t disappoint. I feel like I should say something fancy about how great it is, but this one I’m just going to like without reason. Give it a listen here. 


Plastic – So Numb

A bunch of Kiwi ex-pats now based in Melbourne have released their first track under their new name, Plastic. Beautifully synth-heavy, with lots of dreamy instrumentals, this one’s a goodie. Check it out here.