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Reviews Of SOLO (released 2015)
About Derek's latest album;
It’s been a long time ‘between drinks’ for award winning New Zealand musician Derek Lind. 13 years after recording his last album, '12 Good Hours of Daylight', comes his emotional and intimate new acoustic double-album, SOLO – released on the second anniversary of his wife’s passing. Two years prior to release, Lind was about to start recording his seventh album when his wife of 35 years suddenly died. The music, the writing and the painting all took a back-seat for a while.
After some coaxing and cajoling from his friends, Derek finally caved into their suggestion to try a KICKSTARTER crowd-funding campaign to help finance the production of a new album. You can read more about the success of Derek's Kickstarter campaign here.
Derek Lind’s Nov 2015 release, SOLO features lyrically rich storytelling, set to live acoustic arrangements that together help recreate emotional touch-points. Listeners will find moments of empathy and commonality as they traverse the twin discs that make up SOLO.
Derek Lind's band features an impressive line up of local musicians and close friends. Derek (Guitar & Vocals) was accompanied by APRA Silver Scroll winner Guy Wishart (guitar and banjo), Alan Brown (Hammond A100), Andrew Horst (Bass), Kevin Adair (Drums) and Glenn Ross Campbell (Weissenborn Lap-slide).
CRITICAL ACCLAIM & ALBUM REVIEWS...
The New Zealand Herald
Radio New Zealand Review - March 2016
Nick Bollinger reviews Derek Lind
Derek Lind is a singer-songwriter, based in West Auckland, who has been performing and recording his own songs for more than thirty years, and the title of his latest album tells, in perhaps the plainest possible way, where he’s coming from. It’s called Solo; a word that reasonably describes these front-deck ruminations, but which has a deeper meaning - one that emerges gradually over the course of the double album (- read more)
Radio New Zealand Interview & Live Performance In The Studio - March 2016 (Easter Monday)
Lynne Freeman Interviews Derek Lind & he plays 3-songs live from the Radio NZ Auckland Studio. LISTEN
(RNZ Show Produced by Melanie Phipps, Sound-Engineer Andre Upston)
Derek Lind plays in the Auckland Studio with Glenn Ross Campbell (Weissenborn) and Guy Wishart (Guitar)
DATE: Easter Monday 28th March 2016
The Sunday Star Times - 10th Jan 2016
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THE EDITOR'S CHOICES
Derek Lind; Solo: Auckland singer-songwriter Lind returns after a long absence with a double album which isn't “solo” as the title suggests, but him as a father of three and grandfather who lost his wife two years ago and now confronts that almost unbearable crisis. Bt the album celebrates the pleasures of life as much as what it we must endure. An extraordinary collection of songs by one of the country's finest but least heard songwriters.
At the time we said of this album, “a powerful, intimate and moving cycle of songs as you are ever likely to hear”.
To read the full review go to www.elsewhere.co.nz.
Karen Hay's interview of Graham Reid. Derek Lind album SOLO is discussed by the music critics.
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nz musician - January 2016 edition
Derek Lind: Solo - By Pedro Santos
We haven’t heard from him in a long while but Derek Lind has a rich and lengthy history of album releases, his own and as guitarist for others’, largely grouped under the banner of Christian music. ‘Solo’ is his seventh. The title and the almost brutal intimacy of the cover photo both directly reflect on this double album’s content, written as it was following the untimely death of his wife of 35 years. This is an album of sadness and pain, of coping with enormous personal grief and of finding a way through emotional turmoil. As deeply personal as it is, Lind’s experience and polished songwriting skills deftly avoid it being maudlin or selfishly introspective. His voice has gained gravel, which, along with the somehow elegiac everyday observations (bringing the washing in, school finishing for summer etc.) brings John Prine to mind. Actually Prine gets name checked (along with Mac Wiseman) on track two, the quite sublime The Only Song I Got. Wiseman earned a reputation as ‘the voice with a heart’, which is precisely what ‘Solo’ provides. Other fine musicians and long time friends helping out on this all-acoustic recording include drummer Kevin Adair, Guy Wishart (guitar and banjo), Hammond expert Alan Brown and Glenn Ross Campbell on his lap-steel. Jordan Stone oversaw the two-day recording session at Roundhead that produced the 16 tracks mastered by Steve Garden. The circumstances of this exceptional crowd-funded work, released on the second anniversary of his wife’s passing, can’t bear repetition, but we can hope that with it Lind will find a new lease of musical life. ‘Solo’ is a superb release.
REVIEW FROM ELSEWHERE BLOG 19th October 2015
Derek Lind: SOLO (Someone Up There) www.dereklind.com
For two decades from the mid Eighties, Derek Lind confirmed himself as among this country's finest singer-songwriters. He had a Herald entertainment cover for his exceptional '90 album Slippery Ground, an album of resonant songs which stand up today for their lyrical depth, insight and allusive breadth. There were further albums its equal, all of which were acclaimed by those who could hear the emotional resonances in his music.
Standing at the midpoint of the singer-songwriter tradition and classic American country-influenced writers like John Prine, Lind was a distinctive voice in New Zealand music. In his work he brought an intellectual Christian faith and through his travels for the Tear Fund had encounters denied other songwriters, and he brought those hard experiences to bear also.
Then he went quiet and when his wife Ra, the mother of their three adult children, died two years ago it seemed we might not hear from him again.
This handsomely presented double disc was supported by a Kickstarter appeal which raised the money in rapid time because friends and followers again just wanted to hear what he had to say. Of course now he has even more emotional experiences to bring to bear.
This album -- the title about his emotional state rather than the sound, he works with an excellent small band -- isn't just his return but has a rare emotional weight and lyrical depth.
An artist as much as a musician, his lyrics tap into different, diverse and broad imagery, pick up resonant references (Matisse, Alice Cooper, Don McLean's Vincent, Prine, Dylan's Blood on the Tracks and more are seamlessly slipped in) and explore matters of faith, doubt, travel, grace and, of course, loss.
In the opener Do As You're Told he references Don McLean's Vincent ("the night sky is starry like that song about Van Gogh") then extends the imagery as part of a larger story: "A grey-haired woman in a house coat holds the hand of her groom, a faded sunflower in a jam jar clings to life inside the room". It is about dying but also the acceptance: "He says, 'I have no fear of dying, forgive me my leaving you alone'. Through tears she thanks him for the years and says, 'Let go and go on home'."
That kind of compressed, clear and evocative lyricism only comes from the finest songwriters and thinkers.
Yes, there is a brooding quality here sometimes, meditations on death and so on, but there is also a joy in life, as one the outstanding Brunelleschi's Dome where he celebrates being in Florence. He is above the world and delighting in the moment and the promise of travel: "Gonna see the Duchamps in the Pompidou, gonna see the Degas in the d'Orsay too, but right now I'm walking on Brunelleschi's dome . . ."
Throughout he weaves in politics as on The Valley of Dry Bones: "They're selling our country, babe with the backhanders and handshakes, the captains of industry are still running this town, parliamentarians in their pockets . . ."
Even on This House ("is not for sale, we're not going anywhere") he may allude to politics but equally it is about being embedded in life despite what gets thrown at you.
Many of these songs are ambiguous so the personal becomes universal: Is that Ra or his God he's speaking to on the haunting Will You Rescue Me? And some lyrics (“I'm walking down a street named Tragedy on the outskirts of a town called Faith”) are emotionally naked.
Derek Lind's life and faith have been tested these past years and here he holds a prism up to his love and beliefs and sometimes finds emptiness and pain ("Every nerve is cut and cauterized, tears well up and burn my eyes, over you"), and sometimes hope, especially in the grandchildren ("In a world that seems cynical and mean . . . I'll keep you in my heart even when we are apart"). And sometimes solace in an affirmation of his faith (the beautiful closer Come to Me).
Solo is a powerful, intimate and moving cycle of songs as you are ever likely to hear.
It is also courageously cathartic and extraordinarily honest.
A local review of SOLO (Sat 17th Oct 2015)
Congratulations on that 5 star review from the Herald. That guy probably knows good when he hears it!
BOOM! - Derek, I raise my cup of tea to you.
I received my copy of SOLO, from Albert, who had passed it to me via the front desk at Stephen Marr’s Ponsonby establishment. I drove the package home to Newstead-Upon-Tron with care. Then dug deep into the bowels of cupboards and drawers to find a dvd player. I then moved a stereo system to my room, sat and then cranked BOTH discs in sequential format for my pure selfish listening pleasure.
The labour was not in vain... yours and mine - lol...
...But then I had to stop and google ‘what is cordite?’, when I got halfway through 'Valley of dry bones'.
The songs for the grandkids is so beautiful, with the line "leave some space inside your heart for me". Overwhelmingly lovely, vulnerable. They will forever have that song in their hearts too now. Whatta poppa!
"Come to me", - such a simple messiah like phrase for the chorus - just brilliant. It’s as if you are Jesus - ka pai brilliant - just love that song.
“No easy love”; What a set of lyrics? Honest/Corinth. Don’t know how you came up with that rhyme - top shelf. Gospel-radio-quota - ticked. Nah, just kidding - love that song. Easy and epic.
The Florence Dome song... dammit, I’m gonna have to agree with Graham Reid (NZ Herald) that it's an instantly rewarding tune. A stand out, in fact so lovely to think of Ra and your interchange that day in the city of Florence. Beautiful memory you've allowed us to all be a part of.
Well I teared up on ‘This house is not for sale’. A friggen gem. Love the instruments on this one - and the tempo and the sentiment best of all - so beautiful.
Anyways... the album would have been a lot better with AJ/White/Wilsy et al. AND with that kid’s toy piano, it would def have put it in ‘Pet Sounds’ territory. Anyway, your loss - lol jokes.
I just loved the spared instrumentation. Reminiscent of ‘Hiatt’s Bring the Family’, so when I'm listening, I add my own Ry Cooder notes in there. Its like a phantom sonic limb.
Anyways, congratulations again Derek. You'll always be the musical Ghandi of Titirangi …and your songs of loss for Ra make me continue to treasure the Mrs that I am lucky enough to be sharing my life with now.
So anyways… I cranked the album up again this morning . Man, it made a big change from the Mai FM s**t that i normally have to deal with from the other unsophisticated beings that loiter around this Waikato house in the morning.
...and I’m so looking forward to finding plenty of other riches on the album with multiple listens... so when I receive the vinyl version, will be looking forward to finding the subliminal-back-masking.
ALL SO GOOD - and I got it FREE (very generous) after forgetting to get into your Kickstarter on time - sorry - I owe you one!
- we love you Derek