Here’s another great band from New Zealand. Artisan Guns are a four piece rock outfit that were signed to the famed EMI label after their Bird & Bone EP got much attention from the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, which recognize national songwriting and achievement in altogether greatness. They took 5th place for their song “Autumn” this past year, The Naked and Famous taking 1st for their ubiquitous “Young Blood”. But the Artisan Guns have a new album, Hearts, and it boasts much joy-folk. The best kind. Their video for the first single, “Into the Cold”, has a Wes Anderson feel to it, with big yellow titles and staring. But the editing and the forest backdrop of Muriwai, Auckland will make you want to, in such a place, run and run and run and run and run and run.
(Hearts is available now)