As the distinctive voice of Mestar, John White has become quite a well known figure in new zealand music, particularly in his home-town of dunedin, where mestar first formed, and where Cloudboy have become such a loved troup.
John toured with Demarnia Lloyd‘s excellent avant-pop outfit Cloudboy during their european tear to coincide with the release of the excellent Down At The End Of The Garden album, releasing his first solo album along the line.
A breezy mixture of low-key lullaby’s based around John’s delicate, almost child-like voice, accompanied by gentle acoustic guitar, plus a similar palette of instrumentation to the excellent Cloudboy debut; the albums 2nd half that veers towards droney string-section experiments – quite a dramatic change. In 2006 Jody Lloyd’s She’ll Be Right records reissued White’s excellent debut. In 2011 White resurfaced in Dunedin with new group The Blueness.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Balloon Adventure Cd-R [2002 Self-Released]
- Mogwash [2004 Self-Released]
- Balloon Adventure Reissue [2006 She’ll Be Right]
Wonderful home-brewed recordings from Annabelle Alpers – the now Auckland-based guitarist, keyboardist and singer-songwriter formerly of the supremely under-recognized Christchurch troop Hawaii Five-0.
Her debut EP ‘The End Of Things’ is full of memorable, catchy pop gems – smothered in quirky electronic textures, and featuring a guest appearance by none-other than Mick Elborado (Scorched Earth Policy etc), plus former Fang drummer Andrea Holmes.
In 2006 Alpers produced her 2nd release (and full length debut) ‘Isolation Loops‘, leaving Arch Hill to form her own Electroplate Recordings and touring with former Mestar bassist Stefanimal for the albums release.
After further success with ‘My Electric Family’ and a self-titled 3rd album – both co-released on US label Drag City, Alpers retired the Bachelorette alias in 2011 – creating a Kickstarter project for new album ‘Remote’ performing under her own name for the 1st time.
- Annabelle Alpers (Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Piano/Keyboards/Sequencing, 2004 – 2013)
- The End Of Things EP (2005, Arch Hill, AHR015)
- Isolation Loops (2006, Electroplate Recordings, ERP001)
- My Electric Family (2009, Particle Tracks, PT003)
- Do The Circuit 7″ Single (2009, Drag City, DC423)
- Bachelorette (2011, Particle Tracks, PT005)
- Blanket CD Single (2011, Souterrain Transmissions, SOU024PSINGLE)
chirpy pop trio who started out in dunedin and have since moved north to wellington. releasing albums through arc life and yellow-eye, they’ve had a distinctly independent approach to recording and distribution, despite significant popularity on the b-net stations across new zealand.
forever associated with the cloudboy crew, lead singer / guitarist john white toured europe with the band at the release of their debut album. white is flanked by stefan bray (vocals, bass) and ian wilson (drums).
picks in bold
Singer Janina Nicoll And Cellist Francesca Mountfort As Well As Mestar’s John White And Janina’s Brother Stevie Starr. Who Plays The Theremin Or Air Synthesizer. Subjects Include Politics, Palestinian-Israeli Conflicts, God, Feminism, Sex, And An Endearing College Stalker By The Name Of Mahendra. Mixed With Mountfort’s Rich Romanian, Gypsy Inspired And Bach Influenced Cello Lines, The Duo Aim To Keep Their Music Free From The World Of Music As A Marketing Tool Maintaining It As The Art Form It Is
– Un-Charted: From Naiina’S Mercy Ep Launch
Discography (picks in bold)