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 Muzic.net.nz. 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!
Woke up this morning to see that ‘Honey Bees’ is #4 on RadioScope NZ Alternative Airplay Chart (which tracks radio play): https://www.radioscope.co.nz/?p=4629 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.
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!!
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 @www.thesurgerystudio.co.nz 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
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.
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.