Either New Zealand is really small, or I am really small-minded. I’ve been writing on NZ bands for only a few weeks, and have already stumbled upon several musical double ups. Case in point: Lawrence Fergus Goodwin, who is one of the dudes from the sludgey trio Caroles, has a solo side project that goes by the moniker CHEATS.
His Bandcamp hosts three albums, Naked To See (March 2011), Calling It Quits on 6A Sackville St (August 2012), and Come Back Here! (July 2013). The latter is a beautifully textured ten-track recording that fuses percussion, electric strumming, off-kilter piano and washed out vocals to create something very unique.
There is a softness to Lawrence’s sound that I had not yet discovered in my trawling through the vast pool of independent NZ bands and artists. Check out the video to Secret/s – a really beautiful, honest and exposed 3 minutes. Not sure how they did it, but I think the clip plays in reverse. I kinda love this guy.
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