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Reviewed by Amanda Mills

Stefan Wolf: Brand New Life

Reviewed by Amanda Mills

Stefan Wolf: Brand New Life

German-born Stefan Wolf ’s career in NZ music started in 1986, recording his debut single I Could Hit the Ceiling on Flying Nun. His last full album ‘Sailor’ was released in ’99, and during those 15 years he has released material, including a trio of EPs between 2008-2012; ‘How Much Do I get for a Fiver’, ‘Das Klischee’ and ‘Quiet! Can’t You See I’m Dying?’

This new collection includes re-mastered tracks from the EP trilogy, as well as five new songs. There is a consistent sound over the 12 tracks, Wolf’s husky, occasionally hesitant careworn voice taking centre stage, along with either acoustic or electric guitar. Recorded in Paekakariki (and Indonesia) mostly alone, with contributions by Brett Cameron (guitar), Steve Doone (drums), Melissa Garber (piano) and Steve Wolf (saxophone), ‘Brand New Life’ folky-pop songs reflect Wolf’s musical muses, and the lean sound of the music brings out the best in the melodies and the simple, effective accompaniment.

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