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New Music Monday: The Best New Zealand Music for October 16th-22nd

Ease into the short week with Rolling Stone NZ‘s weekly roundup of fresh local tracks

Erny Belle

Erny Belle

Finn Bowman

Haere mai to Rolling Stone NZ‘s new weekly roundup of the best New Zealand music from the past seven days. Ease into the short week with our favourite new releases by Aotearoa artists between October 16th-22nd below. 

Erny Belle – “Pit Stop”

We love the nostalgia in Erny Belle‘s latest song, a sweet tribute to 60’s pop girl groups like The Dixie Cups, The Marvelettes, and The Shirelles, which she grew up listening to. The accompanying music video vividly captures Belle’s childhood memories of visiting her Nana’s house in rural New Zealand while she eagerly waits for a letter. “Pit Stop” is her third single from the singer-songwriter’s eagerly-awaited album Not Your Cupid, set for release on November 10th.

Ha the Unclear – “Fish” 

If you’re in need of a musical pick-me-up, Ha the Unclear’s new track “Fish” should be on your playlist. With its sunny jangly guitar riffs and joyful backing vocals, this hook-laden single is a promising first taste of what’s to come from the band’s forthcoming album in 2024.

Mermaidens – “Foolish” 

Pōneke trio Mermaidens unleashed their scorching new single, “Foolish,” the third taste of their upcoming self-titled album. Produced by Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation), “Foolish” showcases Gussie Larkin’s intricate and unconventional guitar work, complemented by Lily West’s haunting vocals. The video was creatively pieced together from their RNZ Live session, courtesy of Tāmaki-based duo Sports Team, currently raising funds for a new horror film.

Theia – “Dollhouse (Live!)”

Halfway through her Girl In A Savage World New Zealand tour, Theia (aka TE KAAHU) joins forces with a full band to deliver a punk-powered live rendition of “Dollhouse”. The accompanying video, chosen as Rolling Stone AU/NZ’s Video of the Week, is full of girl-power confection, shot within a life-size dollhouse. 

Ebony Lamb – “Come, Put A Record On” 

Ebony Lamb‘s self-titled album, out last Friday, is a collaboration with some of New Zealand’s top musicians, including Bic Runga and Kody Nielson, and her long-time partner, Gram Antler. This standout track highlights Lamb’s delicate vocals and the unifying power of music with its gentle call to “Come – put a record on.” It’s a beautiful addition to Lamb’s discography.

Toi – “Wired” 

Extend those leisurely long weekend vibes with this soulful R&B track from the Wellington reggae band. It features dreamy electronic production and has a calming, grounded energy that’s perfect for winding down.

Troy Kingi – “Bastard” 

Last but certainly not least, Troy Kingi, returns with a fresh track from his recently unveiled seventh album, part of his ambitious 1O 1O 1O Series (where he creates 10 albums in 10 years, each exploring a different genre). The serenity of “Bastard” offers a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming fully instrumental Time Wasters: Soundtrack To Current Day Meanderings, out mid-November.