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Best New Zealand Music of the Week: March 25th-March 31st

Dive into fresh local releases from Joe Ghatt, The Fuzzy Robes, Lorde, Sam Bambery, Lucian Rice, Beth Torrance, and more

Joe Ghatt

Joe Ghatt


Dive into Rolling Stone AU/NZ‘s weekly roundup of our favourite New Zealand music from the past week. Explore the freshest tracks from local artists in Aotearoa released between March 25th-March 31st below.

Joe Ghatt – “Always Remember” 

First up, we’ve got Joe Ghatt hitting us with “Always Remember”. The Tāmaki Makaurau-based psychedelic groover resurfaces after five years with this rhythmic teaser from his upcoming second album, Caper, slated for a June 14th drop. According to Ghatt, it’s a little nudge to stay true to yourself when the world gets weird—consider it a premonition of sorts.

The Fuzzy Robes – Midday Prayers 

The Fuzzy Robes step back into the limelight just in time for the Easter weekend. Their sophomore album, Midday Prayers, released via Winegum Records, keeps the eight “prayer-psychedelia” tracks celestial with fuzz guitars, dreamy vocals, and synth textures. Recorded in remote South Island chapels, it’s a modern twist on spirituality set to music.

Lorde – “Take Me to the River”

Lorde, New Zealand’s very own pop prodigy, takes a swing at Talking Heads’ “Take Me to the River” for A24’s all-star tribute to Stop Making Sense. She also shared a lengthy letter about her first time hearing the Talking Heads and why that band is important to her.

Sam Bambery – “The Burnout”  

Sam Bambery brings the heat with “The Burnout”. This Ōtautahi native’s second single from his upcoming album, Rubricator, oozes lazy summer vibes with its Latin-esque slide guitar and hazy festival energy.

Lucian Rice – “can’t you see” 

Lucian Rice, formerly known as Stupid Rich Kid, serves up “can’t you see”, blending emo with dream pop and shoegaze influences. It’s the perfect soundtrack for navigating the messy terrain of fresh relationships, complete with angsty vocals and crashing guitars.

Tami Neilson – “Always on My Mind” 

Tami Neilson slides in with the second installment of the Neilson Sings Nelson series, offering up a gentler rendition of “Always on My Mind”. Recorded as a 90th birthday present for Willie Nelson, this country crooner showcases a more subdued side to her vocals, channeling her inner Elvis Presley.

Beth Torrance – “Tiny Flowers”  

Lastly, Beth Torrance returns with “Tiny Flowers”, the delicate title track off her upcoming EP. It’s a poetic journey crafted with effortless finesse, showcasing Torrance’s knack for painting vivid scenes and emotions with her lyrics.