As we emerge from a rather mild winter and into the unpredictable meteorological whims of New Zealand springtime, the RNZ Music team have been keeping their ears warm with the musical releases and themes of the past few months. With the surprise new album drops that peppered the early half of 2016 slowing down, this fresh crop is a collection of tracks that feature layers, space, and vocal trickery.
Team RNZ Music present their spring selections:
Bon Iver - 33 "GOD"
Kirsten Johnstone: It has so many layers to it, I could listen to it 10 times in a row and find different elements every time.
Young Thug - Kanye West ft. Wyclef Jean
Sam Wicks: In his hands rap music becomes yelps and squawks, he strangulates vowels. This is post-verbal rap music.
Frank Ocean - Nikes
Alex Behan - If you press play, go-to-woah it is an emotional experience. He's just there, he's raw and right in front of you.
Blood Orange - E.V.P.
Yadana Saw: The first time I listened to it I was annoyed, and now it's on repeat on my headphones. It's dense. It's beautiful. It wears its influences hard on its sleeve. I hate-liked it.
Preoccupations - Memory
Zac Arnold: I love the record itself but Memory is an exciting and heady listen. It's a really rewarding listen.
Matthew Hindson - Love Serenade
David Houston: The intent of the song is purely to bring the expressive joy of the bassoon - trying to prove that an orchestral instrument can sing.
Shayne P. Carter - Mat
Kirsten Johnstone: It builds like a piece of musical theatre, it reminds me of Les Miserables when Javert throws himself off the bridge.
Orchestra of Spheres - Anklung Song
Yadana Saw: It encompasses all the elements I love about this band. It's trancy, worldy and there's a biscuit tin banjo in there!
Shiraz and LSJ - Sumtymes
Zac Arnold: It reminds of me of walking down K'Rd on a late afternoon with nothing to do and I can't wait to hear what these guys come up with
New York Polyphony performing G. Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli (Mass for Pope Marcelli)
David Houston: This is probably one of the top three pieces of music from the years 1500 to 1650. They treat it in such a pristine and delicate way. But it's so effortless.
Aaradhna - Brown Girl
Sam Wicks: The song is a huge torch song that addresses the issues of being biracial in New Zealand.
Alex Behan: It's probably the biggest local song of the year for me. This is her big album.
Artist: Bon Iver
Song: 33 "GOD"
Composer: Justin Vernon
Album: 22, A Million
Artist: Young Thug
Song: Kanye West Ft. Wyclef Jean
Composer: Williams, Cross, Glass, Jean
Artist: Frank Ocean
Composer: Ocean, Kieth, Palmer, Palmer, Palmer
Label: Boys Don't Cry
Artist: Blood Orange
Composer: Devonte Hynes
Album: Freetown Sound
Label: Domino Records
Artist: Orchestra of Spheres
Song: Anklung Song
Composer: Orchestra of Spheres
Album: Brothers and Sisters of The Black Lagoon
Artist: Shiraz & LSJ
Composer: B. Rangi-Dixon, L. Taylor, A. Tuteao
Album: Jive Days
Label: Grow Room
Artist: Shayne P. Carter
Artist: Matthew Hindson
Song: Love Serenade
Song: Brown Girl
Composer: A.Patel, J.Scott
Album: Brown Girl
Label: Universal Music