And still they come . . . Musicians are washing up on New Zealand's shores with more regularity than seaweed and empty water bottles these days. But here too comes local contender Arthur Ahbez once again after previous impressive showings. He's a psych-influenced folk-cum-rock guy who delivers a lovely line in dreamy acid-infused pop and Neil Young acoustic ballardy.
At least that's the evidence on his excellent debut album Gold which starts as the former and moves towards the latter at an easy pace where it gets some beautiful embellishment from a band.
Call him acid-folk or nu-folk if you will, he is one worth checking out.