At 4.15pm this coming Monday, you'll find us at Laneway listening to the enchanting Chelsea Jade of WATERCOLOURS.
With the release of her new E.P 'Portals' at the end of 2013 and an album in the pipeline, Liam muse Chelsea is definitely one to watch.
We had a chat to the lovely Chelsea about Laneway 2014....
Who are you and what do you do?
I am WATERCOLOURS. I make songs and then I make my mouth sing them.
What can we expect from WATERCOLOURS at Laneway this year?
A touch of confrontation, a touch of rhythmic writhing and a touch of me curling over a keyboard. Just a fair amount of touching, really.
Who are you looking forward to seeing play at Laneway 2014?
Haim. They are so obviously enamored with their instruments and manipulating them to perfection - plus we could form a hair-braiding train with ease.
What is your favourite thing about Laneway?
Being amongst the imposing, brutalist silos. They are definitely my vibe.
Best Laneway memory....
My heart investment with Feist was returned tenfold when she took the stage. There were technical glitches but she barely blinked and turned it into this victorious moment of connectivity with the audience. Goddamn queen.
Top Laneway Tip....
Laneway and everyday: be exceedingly nice to the staff.
I was pretty obsessed with SBTRKT two summers ago and then they went and absolutely smashed their set down by the silos. Last year we did some filming and were lucky enough to climb to the top of the silos. It was very cool getting a bird's eye view of that festival.
Who are you most excited to see at Laneway 2014?
1. Jamie xx - I saw The xx at the first Auckland Laneway and have remained a huge fan of theirs. In the last few years however, Jamie xx's solo work has really blown me away. Whether it was his Gil Scott-Heron album or his Adele remix, his production can't be argued with. He's also a big of the steel pan which is my favourite instrument. Check out this track.
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - U.M.O consistently find their way into the top album lists of some of the biggest magazines, websites and music aficionados in the world and rightly so, they are an amazing band. Ruban Nielson is a bit of a musical genius in my opinion and this song in particular absolutely kills me every time I hear it.
3. Cat Power - Speaking of songs that absolutely kill me - He War by Cat Power.
4. Danny Brown - Danny Brown will blow your face off. He is crazy and I get the feeling his will be the set that catches a lot of people by surprise. Have a listen to this track he made with Rustie on some decent speakers and don't say I didn't warn you.
5. Mount Kimbie - Speaking of songs that absolutely kill me, when the vocal comes in on this track all bets are off.
Hopefully that will help you find some new musical experiences come Monday, or make your timetable organization even more difficult!
Bat for Lashes’ haircut: Natasha Khan took an exceptionally long hiatus in-between her last album and her most recent – and brilliant – release The Haunted Man. This was probably because she had to completely remake herself: the henna, spirit-worshipping talisman have been replaced with a slick, Ryan McGinley-photographed slice of confidence and Bat for Lashes – music included – is all the better for it. SEE:
Yeasayer’s back-catalogue: So Yeasayer released a third studio album last year (Fragrant World) and it’s really not that good. I mean, it’s OK and if it were any other band I would probably tolerate it, but because it’s Yeasayer and because their previous two albums are INCREDIBLE, I simply can’t.
Seriously, between the unashamedly anthemic pop of ‘O.N.E’ and the African-chic introspection of ‘2080’ they’re one of my favourite contemporary acts and so I say: forget 2012 and play all the songs I want! OK thanks.
Japandroid’s enthusiasm. Two piece Canadian punk band Japandroids burst onto the international music radar (yes that is a thing) a couple of years back with their pun(k)chy debut Post Nothing, and they’ve just released a refined, mature follow up (Celebration Rock). I was lucky enough to discuss their album with drummer David Prowse and you know what? They just seem so pumped to be a band (and particularly to play live for their fans), that there is no way this won’t be all kinds of awesome. Thanks to modern technology we don’t have to speculate, either.
Japandroids 'Fire Highway' live:
Dan Boeckner’s new project, Divine Fits. When BOTH of Dan Boeckner’s amazing projects, Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs announced their discontinuation last year, you acted similarly to me–weeping for days alone in a dank, curtain-drawn room listening to Apologies from the Queen Mary on repeat – right?
Well anyway, I awoke from said catatonic state to a new Dan Boeckner project, a ‘supergroup’ even, with Spoon frontman, Britt Daniel. The resulting album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, sounds exactly like what would happen if you mixed Handsome Furs and Spoon together (read: great) which I guess is the whole point.
The New Zealand contingent! Did you know that New Zealand music is GOING OFF right now? Well, I’m here to tell you that it is, and the Laneway team have picked the finest festival-worthy acts to play on January 28th. Lawrence Arabia will perform tracks from his lilting latest album The Sparrow (and, having seen him perform in the middle of the day at a festival while drunk (me, not him) once before, I can confirm this is a revelatory experience), The Eversons will belt out their brand of Kiwiana college rock, Deer Park will lull us into an alternate reality in which trumpets rule supreme, and, AFTER ALL OF THAT, The Phoenix Foundation better play ’40 Years’, arguably the best NZ Festival Song ever written!