Reviewed by Felicity Farrell

Drax Project: Noon EP

Reviewed by Felicity Farrell

Drax Project: Noon EP

Touting a huge array of namedrop-worthy experience already – including opening for Lorde, Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello’s sold out European tour, Drax Project’s 5th single Woke Up Late, released in 2017, is already certified Platinum, and picked up Single Of The Year at the 2018 NZ Music Awards.

Released mid-2018, their latest is a five-track EP packed full of Wellington punch.

The funky synth-pop, as well as the mix of Ben O’Leary‘s guitar and Sam Thomson‘s smooth double bass lines take you on a musical jaunt, accompanied by some really clever lyrical content.

A nod to Toto’s anthemic Africa in their track aptly named Toto is genius, and evidently resonates with everyone’s love for that 80s banger, judging by Spotify plays to date.

The bright sound of vocalist Shaan Singh‘s saxophone is laced throughout the album, cleverly complemented by Matt Beechen‘s drum beats which have you unknowingly nodding your head.

While predominantly pop, their jazz roots are undeniable with the rhythm instruments showcased heavily on all five tracks.

Produced by Devin Abrams (Shapeshifter, Pacific Heights) and Kyle Kelso (who has produced for the likes of Kygo) ‘Noon’ sees all four boys earning writing credits.

Matiu Walters and Marlon Gerbes from Six60 joined in for the writing of Sidebit which has a real Malibu feel to the catchy hook. They left their mark on the lyrics, and even the way Shaan clips his words, “I heard you came to get it,” producing a familiar sound.

With seemingly the perfect blend of genres, ‘Noon’ takes you on an eclectic ride with a unique emotive sound in all five tracks that ties it all together and pulls you in.