The Third Hand
Here RJD2 leaves behind the head nodding world of abstract hiphop for one of the few genres with even less of a sense of humour: sensitive singer-songwritersville. The Third Hand is comprised of a set of fancy-pants Beatlesy songs with highly intricate studio arrangements, fantastic drum production, and no soul. If DJ Shadow jamming with the Electric Light Orchestra sounds like your bag, this’ll be right up your alley.
You Can Listen Too
Local powerpop outfit The Tweeks’ debut is full of the midtempo, heavy harmonising, big chorused songs you’d expect from the genre. The playing and vocals sound great, and the production is top notch. At their best ( single ‘London Street’), the band is capable of capturing the spirit of Dunedin past. Often, however, the album is all polish and no substance, as the band uneasily straddles the world of indie rock and the world of The Feelers.