Noel Meek with Richard Youngs, Neil Campbell and Lasse Marhaug

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I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that Meek and his friends have produced such diverse and engrossing music, given label End of the Alphabet’s reputation for delivering just that, time and again.

Sol Mortvvs: Sol I, II, III

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Sol I, II, and III feature dissonant passages that’ll corrode your neurons.

Antony Milton: Mrtyu!, Streaming Black, And Off-White

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Milton’s music is often no-fi, off-the-grid, and red-raw. And it’s also heart-rending yet wholly euphoric.

Slomo: Transits

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Drone fans… set the controls for the heart the sun.

The All Seeing Hand: Sand to Glass

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Most of the music we listen to is comprised of variations on familiar themes. It’s much rarer to encounter genuinely innovative music like The All Seeing Hand create.

Hollywoodfun Downstairs: Tetris

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No other band in New Zealand is making music like HFD, and their storming new album, Tetris, shifts the goalposts even further in that regard.

Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Offbeat, Alternative, and Experimental

Here are my favourite homegrown alternative and experimental releases from 2016.

Six Noises EOY ’16: Outliers, Experimentalists, and Psychedelic Voyagers

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Six Noises EOY ’16: Outliers, Experimentalists, and Psychedelic Voyagers

Bastard Noise & Sickness: Death’s Door

Death’s Door is an arduous and harrowing reboot. And that’s exactly what’s needed, in this day and age.

Seputus: Man Does Not Give

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Seputus don’t just capture the rage around us on Man Does Not Give, they also help release the rage within us.