2 May 2020

Noa Records recorded and released Keep Your Distance! within ten days during lockdown

From RNZ Music, 2:40 pm on 2 May 2020

The lockdown has proven to be an inspiring time for many musicians. One local example is Noa Records, a new label which compiled an album called Keep Your Distance! in just ten days.

Virtual Shadow Ensemble artwork

Virtual Shadow Ensemble artwork Photo: supplied

Released under the name Virtual Shadow Ensemble, with members contributing from different towns in NZ and Australia, it’s a mix of poetry, jazz, and dub that features appearances by members of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Yoko Zuna, and Trinity Roots. 

Tony Stamp talked to five of the musicians involved - drummer Rikki Gooch, poet Aije, and the two guys behind Noa Records: Larsen Taylor and Nāvakatoa Tekela-Pule.

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Some of the Keep Your Distance players with RNZ's Tony Stamp (Clockwise: Aije, Tony, Larsen Taylor, Rikki Gooch, Nāvakatoa Tekela-Pule)

Some of the Keep Your Distance players with RNZ's Tony Stamp (Clockwise: Aije, Tony, Larsen Taylor, Rikki Gooch, Nāvakatoa Tekela-Pule) Photo: Tony Stamp

Stream the album or buy it on vinyl here: https://noarecords.bandcamp.com/album/keep-your-distance