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Various - Kiwi Animals: Future/ Primitive Aotearoa LP

Various - Kiwi Animals: Future/ Primitive Aotearoa LP

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We were hipped to this record by the good people at Efficient Space Records, which makes a lot of sense as you can immediately see the parallels between this collection of tracks and their excellent compilations (Midnite Spares, Oz Waves and the local content on Sky Girl). Together these acts feel like cross-ocean contemporaries of that real unknown-zone of not quite post-punk or art-pop or minimal-synth that shimmied though the hands of the genre-inventing forces.

You might've noticed our prioritising of an 'alternative dialogue' of NZ's underground, that's not saying we don't like the slightly more mainstream dialogue or that they don't rub up against each other (there's an incognito Chris Knox cameo here), but there's something really special about the stuff that doesn't fit the over simplified narrative of jangle-pop/xpressway shronk. The names Kiwi Animal, Blam Blam Blam and Headless Chickens rang a bell but we were blissfully unaware, and now happily enlightened to the rest! -Nic

Unheralded NZ/ Aotearoa oddities... ummm as if we aren't going to try and shove this your union made, locally printed Repressed Records tote bag! We were hipped to this record by the good people at Efficient Space Records, which makes a lot of sense as you can immediately see the parallels between this collection of tracks and their excellent compilations (Midnite Spares, Oz Waves and the local content on Sky Girl). Together these acts feel like cross-ocean contemporaries of that real unknown-zone of not quite post-punk or art-pop or minimal-synth that shimmied though the hands of the genre-inventing forces. You might've noticed our prioritising of an 'alternative dialogue' of NZ's underground, that's not saying we don't like the slightly more mainstream dialogue or that they don't rub up against each other (there's a incognito Chris Knox cameo here), but there's something really special about the stuff that doesn't fit the narrative of jangle-pop/xpressway shronk. The names Kiwi Animal, Blam Blam Blam and Headless Chickens rang a bell but we were blissfully unaware, and now happily enlightened to the rest!