Album Reviews & #1 on SRN for a 2nd week!

It’s been a big week for us over at Grawlixes. We just got back from the first 3 dates of our tour in Nelson at The Boathouse, Marahau at Tim’s Place and Takaka at The Mussel Inn. Thank you to everyone for coming out and enjoying the shows. It’s so lovely to show people our new music, and have people really loving it.

The album reviews have started coming in as well, so far from Jess for Qobuz, Tony Stamp from Radio NZ Music & Kev Rowland from Kev’s was a real highlight with him saying “within 90 seconds of Honey Bees I was enthralled, and immediately felt that this was why I review, as every so often something comes through which is so very special indeed that it has a major impact on me. This is one of those albums, and from the very beginning I knew this was significant, and that feeling kept growing as the album kept playing….It is timeless….They are soon going to be undertaking a 12-date tour, which on the evidence of this is not to be missed, as this is something which will be enjoyed by lovers of folk, country, acoustic, singer/songwriter material. Simply essential”

We also found out Honey Bees is #1 on the SRN charts for a 2nd week running, which is truly humbling. We are very grateful for everyone for enjoying our music, requesting the songs on the radio, and voting. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Qobuz loves us!

Mindblowing!! ‘Dalliance’ was added to Qobuz’s ‘New in Folk’, ‘New Releases: South Pacific’, ‘Hi-Res New Releases’ and the album also received a Qobuz homepage feature banner!

For those who don’t know, Qobuz is the equivalent of Apple Music, but for France. This is a pretty big deal.

New in Folk (#1 spot, ahead of Sufjan Stevens, Fink, Joni Mitchell, Kings of Convenience- KOC, & David Gray…?!):

Discover: New Releases (right at the top, beside Chet Faker & Waaves…and underneath us on their homepage banner):

Hi-Res New Releases (#3 ahead of St. Vincent, Alice Coltrane, Lana Del Rey & King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard):

Looks like we might have an audience in France!! A huge thank you to our distributor DRM NZ, for helping make this happen. Listen to Dalliance on our new album…

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‘Honey Bees’ #4 on Radioscope’s Alternative Airplay Chart

Woke up this morning to see that ‘Honey Bees’ is #4 on RadioScope NZ Alternative Airplay Chart (which tracks radio play):
We’re alongside big acts like Aldous Harding, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Troy Kingi & Reb Fountain.

Thank you so much to everyone for voting and requesting our song. 🌼🐝🌻🔥💕💓

If you would like to help us get to #1, you can vote here (anyone can vote): (for Auckland) (for Dunedin) (for Wellington)

We are overwhelmed by everyone’s support and want to say a huge thank you!! 🌼🐝🌻🔥💕💓

Also, our new album is just a click away…
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NZ On Air ‘Fresh Cuts’ Spotify Playlist

Sooooo stoked!! ‘Honey Bees’ got added to NZ On Air’s ‘Fresh Cuts’ Spotify Playlist, in at #7, alongside the wonderful French for Rabbits, Anthonie Tonnon and Reb Fountain.

Check it out here:

Thank you NZ On Air!! This is a big deal for us. Feeling the love and sending the love 💓🎸😍 💓🎸😍

Also, our new album is just a click away…

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‘Dalliance’ got featured on Apple Music’s New Music Daily!!

WOW!!! Our latest single ‘Dalliance’ has also just made Apple Music‘s ‘New Music Daily’ today.

Check it out (#40):…/pl…

We thought it was super insane that ‘City Across the Bay’ also got added to the New Music Daily the other day (like a .34 chance or 1 in 300). What are the odds of getting on twice?! We are alongside acts like John Mayer, Thom Yorke, CHVRCHES & Shawn Mendes…Wow!!

Massive thank you to Apple Music & our amazing distributor DRM NZ. As well as Home Alone Music. And big thanks to RNZ Music & for helping us get out music out there.

If you want to be one of the first people in the world to get ‘Dalliance’ you can buy it on our new album, OR listen on Apple Music.

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ALBUM RELEASE DAY!! Our brand new album ‘Love You To Death’ comes out today!! We’re so proud of it and are so thankful of everyone who has been involved and supported us. It’s been 3 year in the making, with a lot of effort by a lot of people. Special thanks to our label Home Alone Music, distributor DRM NZ, Robin Cederman, Alex V, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Ben Lemi, Jake Baxendale & James Guilford for making the album sound exquisite. And Emma Minor, Leonardo Coghini & Phoebe Johnson for making us sound super tight for our upcoming album tour.

Final Production & Mixing by Tom Healy Written & co-produced by Robin Cederman & Penelope Esplin. Recorded by Lee Prebble at at The Surgery, Newtown, Wellington. Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering Cover photograph, design & layout by John Gareth Duke

Performed by – Robin Cederman: Acoustic & Electric guitar, Vocals, Synth & Keyboard, Piano, Vibraphone Penelope Esplin: Accordion, Vocals, Tambourine Alex Vaatstra: Violin Ben Lemi: Bass Hikurangi Schavarien-Kaa: Drums & Percussion Jake Baxendale: Saxophone, Clarinet James Guilford: Trumpet

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‘Honey Bees’ is #1 across all NZ Student Radio Stations

INCREDIBLE!!! ‘Honey Bees’ is #1 across all NZ Student Radio Stations!! This is massive!! Thank you to everyone for voting. You guys are amazing!! We wouldn’t have gotten there without you, so thank you so so so so SO much 💓🎸😍💓🎸😍 And huge thanks to 95bFMRadioActive.FMRadio One 91FMRadio Control 99.4FM, & RDU 98.5 FM for playlisting the song. This is a dream come true. With special thanks to RNZ Music & for posting the song and video.

If you want to hear/get the song yourself, you can go here:

Not to mention…ALBUM RELEASE TOMORROW!! Our brand new album ‘Love You To Death’ comes out tomorrow!! We’re so proud of it and can not wait to share it with you all. Special thanks to our amazing label Home Alone Music, distributor DRM NZ, Lee Prebble for recording skills, Tom Healy for production, Robin Cederman, Alex Vaatstra, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Ben Lemi, Jake Baxendale & James Guilford for making the album sound exquisite. And Emma Minor, Leonardo Coghini & Phoebe Johnson for making us sound super tight live.

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Album Release in 2 days! And some other lovely things

Did we mention our album comes out in 2 days?!

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It’s around the world in 7 days here at Grawlixes… our music is getting some love around the globe

In Canada, the ever wonderful The Revue posted ‘Honey Bees’: “The serene approach gradually gives away to a moment of pure exhilaration, as Esplin’s intimate voice rises and accompanied by Cederman and a rising chorus of wonderful sound. In some ways, this song has an air of Pan’s Labyrinth, where one finds solitude in the harbors of an enchanted garden…Magical indeed.”

Spain, care of Indie Criollo, with a thoughtful blog post on ‘Honey Bees’ saying “Grawlixes brings Honey Bees , his latest song, which grows with great confidence as he lets us see who he is. The proposal has a musical softness that places you in a very reflective slumber, where you can feel the naturalness of the world and your personality, which faces the world of this proposal, which asks at every moment to recognize where we are from. The singer gave us a hug made into a song, with an aspect of glory that can never stop brightening our privacy.” I suspect google translate might not have done it’s best work there. 

France, care of the ever lovely Jean-Noel at Calypso World played us on his radio station – click the link to listen to ‘Honey Bees’ at 21:25.

We also got more lovely mentions on Spotify:

Dope Indie/Alternative by Magic Frog Company (the first on the list. Yay!). How awesome is this image on their Spotify list by the way – so good.