What an utterly delightful sneak peak of what looks to be an incredible collaboration between Serebii & Oakes
I'll be returning to give my full thoughts on the 27th
Favorite track: Satellites.
Aotearoa based artists and frequent collaborators Arjuna Oakes and Serebii find middle ground whilst still letting their individual voices shine on their upcoming EP “First Nights." Serebii is the alias of New Zealand Artist Callum Mower, an accomplished musician and producer based in Wellington. Arjuna Oakes is a singer/songwriter and producer, also based in Wellington. Meeting in the summer of 2017, the pair became fast friends and started working on music together.
After years of collaborating indirectly on each other's solo projects, the two decided to knuckle down and complete a project together, perfectly marrying Arjuna’s skills as a songwriter, keys player and vocalist, and Serebii’s skills as a producer and beat maker. The resulting EP is an in-depth musical journey which takes you through feelings of heartbreak, self discovery and acceptance. First Nights will be released August 2021 on Innovative Leisure.
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell