Maxine Funke’s Pieces of Driftwood Appraised

“Over a decade and four extraordinary albums, Maxine Funke has established herself as New Zealand’s premier purveyor of lightness, of songs whose beauty and mystery are only sharpened by their apparent ephemeral qualities,” Folk Radio’s Thomas Blake writes in a review of Funke’s latest album, Pieces of Driftwood.

“Hers is a magic akin to that of Sibylle Baier and Vashti Bunyan – mundane objects and routines are effortlessly elevated to the realm of ritual and icon; dreams and seemingly random trains of thought are imbued with a potency that is barely graspable.,” Blake writes.

Pieces of Driftwood is not exactly an album; rather, as its title implies, a collection of rootless songs from the last ten years – singles, collaborations, experiments. But it is no less essential for that. In fact, it all hangs together wonderfully.”

Original article by Thomas Blake, Folk Radio, September 29, 2022.

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Luminary Award Bestowed Upon Jane Campion

Luminary Award Bestowed Upon Jane Campion

New Zealander Jane Campion has been honoured with Next Generation Indie Film’s 2023 Luminary Award. The director accepted the award at the third annual gala, which took place at the end…