22 Aug 2020

Song Crush: Gareth Thomas, Jamila Woods, Bon Iver

From Song Crush, 3:30 pm on 22 August 2020

RNZ Music's Tony Stamp is joined by fellow RNZ staffers Yadana Saw and Elliott Childs to bring you six brand new tunes.

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1. Gareth Thomas - 'My Dog'

Elliott: "It's off-kilter, like most of Goodshirt's stuff is, and most of Gareth Thomas' solo stuff as well. It's really weirdly enjoyable. There's a strange kind of knowing grin to it. It's like 'yeah we know this is all a bit weird and a bit tongue in cheek''.

2. Jamila Woods - 'SULA (paperback)'

Tony: "I love the way she flutters up to that higher register in the chorus. It's just her and guitarist Justin Canavan, but for something so minimal it's a really rewarding track".

3. Laura Veirs - 'Burn Too Bright'

Elliott: "She was part of a secret poetry group while writing the new album. A lot of the poems that she wrote turned into this record, and it became very clear I think while she was re-examining the material that her songs knew she was getting divorced before she did."

4. Bon Iver - 'AUATC (Ate Up All Their Cake)'

Yadana: "I feel like I'm waking up in an imaginary late-seventies America driving through the prairie at the wrong speed, with the sun a golden glow, in a station wagon with wood panels, with a bottle of rye whiskey - and I don't like it."

5. Eddie Chacon - 'Trouble'

Yadana: "Let me guess, you were wondering what happened to Charles and Eddie from the hit nineties song 'Would I Lie To You'. Well this is Eddie. He's back."

6. Whitney - 'Strange Overtones'

Tony: "It's a cover of a Brian Eno and David Byrne track which I really love. I was pleasantly surprised that these guys pulled off a reasonably faithful cover, with a more acoustic style. Julien Ehrlich's falsetto vocal works really well as a comparison to David Byrne's original."