Ōtautahi multi-instrumentalist Lukas Mayo has been deserving of a breakthrough moment out of their bedroom for years now, and 2023 finally feels like their time.
Following in the grand tradition of Aotearoa bands like Tall Dwarfs, Mayo (as Pickle Darling) creates vulnerable lo-fi pop vignettes rich in small details.
Mayo has an Akerman-esque feel for quotidian beauty: art, they know, is everywhere in life, and their earnest existentialism flows right through Laundromat.
Listen: Pickle Darling, Laundromat
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