This week St. K's Pop-Up will be home to an experiential release of Kody Nielson's 'Birthday Suite' album release.
Come in and experience the album in the flesh!
Forever twisting genre, technique and persona, Kody Nielson continues to be one of
New Zealand’s most vital musicians. Nielson’s groundbreaking production, songwriting
and exhilarating live performance with art punk pioneers The Mint Chicks helped to
secure the group fans worldwide and five New Zealand Music Awards for their 2007
gold-certified album Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Since the group’s disbanding in 2010, his solo project Silicon has been praised by the
likes of Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake, as well as winning the prestigious Taite
Music Prize for the 2016 album Personal Computer. Alongside his work with Bic
Runga and their group Opossom, Kody has been an integral collaborator in brother
Ruban’s project Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and is presently touring with UMO as
Now, Nielson returns with Birthday Suite, notably the first full-length to be released
under his own name. Set for release via Flying Nun Records on May 9, this auspicious
release date marks Kody’s own birthday; with each of the record’s 12 songs written for
one of the artist’s family and friend’s birthday. Birthday Suite’s instrumental concept also
sees each single on the album unveiled to coincide with the namesakes on birthday.
Birthday Suite is an energetic, elaborate set of instrumental arrangements
comprised of drums, bass guitar, strings, electric piano and synthesizer. A concise and
challenging experimentation, Birthday Suite takes ques from everything from the
baroque to Afrobeat, Jazz Fusion, Psychedelic Rock and offbeat explorational sounds
while maintaining a commitment to classic songcraft and musicianship.
First single Bic’s Birthday – sees baroque melodies skating with graceful aplomb over
funky drum beats, calling to mind Wendy Carlos or CAN, while second single Ruban’s
Birthday is a short, sharp composition melding psychedelic string arrangements with
swirling drums and organ.
His constant ability to agitate and explore his own boundaries, has seen Nielson cement
his position as one of the most urgent and interesting characters in New Zealand’s
Birthday Suite by Kody Nielson is out worldwide on Flying Nun Records on May 9 2018.