NZ Music Month Launch: Kane Strang

01
/ May
2016

NZ Music Month Launch: Kane Strang

Location
58 Gloucester Street
Venue
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Time
07:00 pm
Price
$15

All ages event.
Kane Strang’s first proper album, the Pitchfork certified Blue Cheese, picks up on the rough disaffection of his earlier demo collection, A Pebble and a Paper Crane, which he recorded in a Second World War bomb shelter in Germany. Back in his hometown of Dunedin, Strang spent two solitary months housesitting for his parents. Re-nested, yet still isolated, Strang composed Blue Cheese over those quiet days. Opening track ‘The Web’ channels pummeling bass lines punctuated by a twinkling synth that calls upon microscopic pop principalities of restlessness (‘Yeah, I met someone else / Without leaving my little house / No, I haven’t held her yet / I met her on the internet’). Its abrupt ending parallels his own disconnect. ‘She’s Appealing’ weaves dayglo guitar motifs into distant, detached eighties garage-pop vocals. ‘Never Kissed a Blonde’ is driven by a slapping delay on both vocals and guitar. Strang’s path toward a melody is always surprising, and he never misses a hit-on-the-head-obvious-in-retrospect memorable line.