After giving the live version away for free (which you can still get btw...), Rapture Ruckus has released the studio version of "In Crowd" with special guest Soul Glow Activatur from Family Force 5.
Get the song from iTunes, and hit the jump to check out the new music video with the sweetest little shout-out to New Zealand around 2:49. Nice work!!!
Strahan's been keeping busy, he's been on tour with Tear Fund, had his album up for free download and also been working on new material - including this new song 'There Will Be A Day'. Its a different sound, less folky, more gospel - and definitely worth a listen. Download from noisetrade now or listen below.
Holly Arrowsmith is a blues/ folk musician who hails from the mountain valleys of Queenstown, New Zealand
When 60's and 70's folk and blues is all a child is brought up on, something unique is created- A 'distinctively powerful' sound is stirring in the soulful music of Holly Arrowsmith.
Born In the dry desert city of Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the mountain valleys of Queenstown, New Zealand, Miss Arrowsmith has had many cultural, artistic and environmental influences, ultimately manifesting in the form of song.
From a young age, the momentum behind Holly's vision has been building. At just 16, she was a finalist in the New Zealand Country Music awards with her song 'Heavenly Lights', and went on in her teenage years to win many local titles including 'Best acoustic artist' two years in a row, 'The Best original song' And Queenstowns 'Ultimate Muso' at the Battle of the Muso's.
More recently, Arrowsmith was named the winner of 2012 'Songstars' competition, with her powerful single 'Wolves and Moons'. She performed at Parachute Festival 2013 and opened the Queenstown Winter Festival for a crowd of over 10,000.
In June 2013, Arrowsmith released her first EP 'The River' to great response, and is embarking to tour NZ and play at numerous festivals.
With a voice that has been described as 'Organic' , 'Haunting' and 'Entrancing' and lyrics that lay bare a heart to carry light and hope into peoples lives, Holly Arrowsmith is a name to watch.
Click below to download 'Wolves & Moon' from the The River for free for a limited time.
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The Kiwi Download is a song available for free download for a limited time. Hit the jump to read more about this great kiwi tune to get the download.
Mali Mali are set to release their debut full length album Gather 'round The Gooseclock in May, but are giving away their EP Brotherly for free from their bandcamp.
A kiwi song-writer living in Japan, Kat McDowell has her new EP Hope In You out now on iTunes - but you can score the song "Everywhere I Go" for free by clicking 'Read more'.
Joining Stan Walker on the X Factor NZ judging panel is kiwi songstress (that even a word???) Ruby Frost! The crew of four also features Daniel Bedingfield (I'm sure he'll get through this just fine...) and Melanie Blatt from the UK girl-groupd All Saints.
The pre-audition tour wraps up next week with Auckland this weekend, and New Plymouth, Whangarei, Kerikeri, and Kaitia after that.
So with Parachute done and dusted (seriously, that dust was cruel this year), you might've missed some of the albums that Kiwi artists released over the weekend. Let me help with that.
The Ember Days - More Than You Think
One of the best worship albums you will hear this year. These guys know what they're doing - and do it oh so well! Free from comeandlive.com or buy it on iTunes and support them.
Edge Kingsland - Vol. 2 | due north
Local worship from one of the best collections of musicians and songwriters Auckland has. You'll listen to this on repeat for hours. Meant to be on iTunes by the end of the week.
Late 80s Mercedes - Diamonds EP
Always a Parachute Festival favourite, the guys have released a new collection of songs. Some originals, some new covers - get it on iTunes or Spotify and enjoy a little more summer.
After a couple of KILLER sets at Parachute 2013, Rapture Ruckus has released a live version of his new song "In Crowd", recorded over Parachute weekend.
Head to his website and punch in your email address to get the download, and if you're in Palmy North, Wellington, & Whangarei - hit iTicket.co.nz and get along to his only other NZ shows before he heads back to the states for the rest of the year.
New Zealand alternative-country band Great North have been awarded the NZ Music Award for best folk album of 2012.
The album Halves, released last May, has been critically acclaimed by reviewers up and down the country, for the "sophisticated lyrics to the marvellous instrumental accompaniment".