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Reviewed by Stu Edwards

The Winebox Enquiry: Sets Sail

Reviewed by Stu Edwards

The Winebox Enquiry: Sets Sail

The Winebox Enquiry‘s main songwriter,Wellington-based multi-instrumentalist William Daymond  (also of Terror Of The Deep, The Flying Sorcerers, The Pick Ups) follows up his 2014 EP which was itself called ‘The Winebox Enquiry’. With clear influence from Dunedin’s early ’80s pop jangle and bands such as The Chills and Straitjacket Fits, ‘Sets Sail’ offers a variety of tempos, moods and approaches to instrumentation. The majority of the songs are led with acoustic guitar and vocals, which in addition to the majority of instruments are handled by Daymond. Extra layering is offered from guest performers like Catherine Henehan (City Oh Sigh, St Rupertsberg) on flute and trumpet, and Tom Watson on mellotron, which all help form the quirky hooks and retro vibe this Bandcamp release offers. Clocking in at less than three minutes the fast and exuberant What A Day sets the tone for what follows. While indie-pop is the album’s overall style, the short and explosive Lighter Thief! (a nod to Christchurch cult band The Steffan Van Soest Hit Machine of which Daymond was a part), or the saturnine No Questions Asked provide depth and intrigue the listener. Likewise the short instrumental tracks. Unashamedly flying the flag for lo-fi Kiwi pop The Winebox Enquiry proudly delivers an authentic addition to the style it is so obviously influenced by.