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Reviewed by Emma Moss

Catherine Tunks: The Beautiful Dreamers (Part One) EP

Reviewed by Emma Moss

Catherine Tunks: The Beautiful Dreamers (Part One) EP

If you haven’t heard of Catherine Tunks before or seen her perform this EP may feel a little disjointed. With five tracks, Tunks takes on five different musical styles which make sense when the niche she’s trying to fill is part ’70s folk rock, part deep south country and part jazz and blues. The vocalist is well-established in NZ with Black Sand Diva, however, this EP is an international collaboration with German musician Thomas Koenig (on guitar) and is stated to be a reconnection with her Irish and NZ Māori roots. Opening with Thursday Morning, simple lyrics are given an alt-country treatment with fluent instrumentals. Tears Of The Sky blends a plain strong beat with Tunks’ rich vocal sound. The Space Between The Seasons’ bolder sound clips along and it’s here that Tunks sounds most at home. The remaining two tracks provide an ideal backdrop to a Sunday chill session. With two more EPs (of a planned trilogy) to come, here’s hoping the duo will find their niche.