By Oliver Labone
This is the debut release from Golden Bay residents, Landline. The four-piece group all have their own musical specialties which contribute to the sound and feel, being a collective project, rather than a solo work. They describe themselves as a 'rock-dance' band, although I would say they definitely fall more within the electronic/dance end of the spectrum than any real rock sound. The nine track album is very lush and atmospheric, featuring a mix of synths, guitars, bass, and beats. Although sometimes a little derivative of other electronic acts, their sound is mostly fresh, focused and well produced. Vocalist and guitarist Sally McDonald has a truly outstanding voice, while at the same time providing some stunning, sparse, yet powerful guitar lines. She helps the group stand out from the many sound-a-like electronic acts and is a real asset. Overall, a solid first time effort. As the group matures, hopefully so too will their sound. Keep an eye out for Landline's national tour in September.