Monthly Archives: December 2014

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Wall Street Mall

Wall Street Mall

Sue Todd Antiques, Lower Stuart Street

Sue Todd Antiques, Lower Stuart Street

Sue Todd Antiques

Sue Todd Antiques

Sue Todd Antiques

Sue Todd Antiques

The Octagon

The Octagon

Vogel Street  - yarn bombing may be an all-year-round thing but this tree looks very festive!

Vogel Street – yarn bombing may be an all-year-round thing but this tree looks very festive!

Vogel Street

Vogel Street

Two Squirrels Vintage, Milton (reindeer made by Vanessa)

Two Squirrels Vintage, Milton (reindeer made by Vanessa)

George Street

George Street

Dada Boutique, Moray Place

Dada Boutique, Moray Place

Union Street, Milton

Union Street, Milton

Union Street, Milton

Union Street, Milton

Charmaine Reveley & Co., George Street

Charmaine Reveley & Co., George Street

Charmaine Reveley & Co.

Charmaine Reveley & Co.

And A Happy New Year!

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Strange Harvest: One of Dunedin’s Finest Crops

They may hail from the flat lands of Palmerston North, but Dunedin has long been the home of darkwave lo-fi duo, Strange Harvest – Justin Walshaw (guitar, vocals) and Skye Strange (keys and vocals).

Strange Harvest: Justin Walshaw and Skye Strange (© Strange Harvest)

Strange Harvest: Justin Walshaw and Skye Strange (© Strange Harvest)

Since the band formed in 2011, they have entertained us at numerous gigs around town, have released two albums ‘Here Is Where You Are’ and ‘Inside a Replica City’ under local label Lttl Paisly Records, and are recording a third, ‘Pattern Recognition’. This will be coming out in April 2015. They have just released their single ‘Astronaut’ which you can listen to here.

'Astronaut' single cover (© Strange Harvest)

‘Astronaut’ single cover (© Strange Harvest)

Strange Harvest setting up in 'The Attic' (© Strange Harvest)

Strange Harvest setting up in ‘The Attic’ (© Strange Harvest)

Last Friday, they played at The Crown Hotel, supported by Radio Cegeste and Hologram Heart.

Strange Harvest at The Crown Hotel

Strange Harvest at The Crown Hotel

To find out more about this quirky band, we talked with guitarist, Justin Walshaw, who describes their musical style using three adjectives “dodgy, batch-roasted and interpersonal”. Although they enjoy music by American experimental band Gang Gang Dance, Prince, Cappadonna and the Beastie Boys, the Strange Harvest sound is distinctive and unaffected. Instead, Justin and Skye draw on past experiences and the culture they grew up with as influences.

Musical influences are kind of weird. It’s like how your childhood memories can be related back to a song or a cassette tape of Bananarama that reminds you of eating ice-cream on the beach. And how the second ‘Faith No More’ album seemed really bizarre at the time. And how certain Smiths’ riffs will put a knot in your stomach. I remember when bars first started playing Hip Hop over decent PAs.”

We were particularly interested in some of their song lyrics in ‘Inside a Replica City’ which describe the irony of celebrity culture and our society’s obsession with social media.

…we should probably log-off. But I love E Channel, and how it can affect people – really badly. CNN can run 24 hours of Ebola updates, and the CIA will continue to enhance torture techniques, but we really need to know who Jennifer Lawrence is sleeping with. It’s absurd. We all know it’s bizarre. Lilo is our spiritual guide. And when she’s gone, there will be a new High-Priestess of Nothing.”

Strange Harvest fans at The Crown Hotel

Strange Harvest fans at The Crown Hotel

However, their new album ‘Pattern Recognition’ is “spacey”. Justin prefers it to the previous one. “It’s more about technology than celebrity”.

Justin credits band mate and wife, Skye, as the “brains behind the band”. Prior to Strange Harvest, she played in bands ‘Rise Of The City Cat Cult’ and ‘The Autoharpies’. Skye is also about to release a solo EP as ‘Embedded Figures’.

So what keeps this busy band in Dunedin? We’ve been here about 15 years. So Dunedin is really home now. It’s a good place to be … The psycho-geography is appealing … I like the pseudo-Scottish-ness. And the music scene here is very open and diverse – this tends to happen in ‘Art School towns’.”

Thanks guys, long may you reign here!

Keep an eye out for this talented pair and their new album … watch this space!!

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‘Absence’ Makes The Heart Grow Fonder: Rebecca Scarlett’s New Jewellery Collection

Rebecca Scarlett’s latest collection, ‘Absence’, is unique, distinctive and very wearable. She has created three-dimensional jewellery pieces which resemble structures as they would look if the precious stones were missing or absent. Wish we could buy it all! ‘Absence’ was launched on Friday 5 December at Dowling Street Project Space. All ages came to support Rebecca, admire the jewellery and enjoy themselves! You can check out the collection here.

Rebecca Scarlett and Daniel Shea

Rebecca Scarlett and Daniel Shea

Jonathan and Simon appreciate the 'Absence' collection

Jonathan and Simon appreciate the ‘Absence’ collection

Trinity necklace from 'Absence' collection

Trinity necklace from ‘Absence’ collection

Rebecca and Dan. Rebecca wears her Trinity necklace. Dan wears Rebecca's Wishagram pendant.

Rebecca and Dan. Rebecca wears her Trinity necklace. Dan wears Rebecca’s Wishagram pendant.

Trinity ring from 'Absence' collection

Trinity ring from ‘Absence’ collection

Gamo and Siala

Gamo and Siala

Asscher necklace and Teardrop ring from 'Absence' collection (© Scarlett Jewellery Label)

Asscher necklace and Teardrop ring from ‘Absence’ collection (© Scarlett Jewellery Label)

Imogen, Libby and Abigail

Imogen, Libby and Abigail

Solitaire necklace from 'Absence' collection

Solitaire necklace from ‘Absence’ collection

Kimmi, Alannah (model for the 'Absence' collection), Sarah and Zac

Kimmi, Alannah (model for the ‘Absence’ collection), Sarah and Zac

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