Arne Sjostedt July 12, 2012
six60 Photo: SUPPLIED ZZZ
These brothers are like the Craig David of epic New Zealand rock.
Reggae-come-rock-come-gorgeous synth fest, this is some spacemodic, modern work from a band of mellow intergalactic New Zealand cloud riders. A true listener's recording, I happened to be with a new set of headphones when I cracked this open - and what better way to break them in?
If Delta Goodrem reviewed Six60, she probably wouldn't get the same joy I did. If Brian McFadden reviewed it though, I reckon he'd get off on the sonic hum of synthetic electro bass, acoustic guitar and soft, fluid vocal. Maybe that's why their engagement didn't pan out - she didn't dig on his music.
As for Six60, I'd recommend this to hi-fi stores who want to sell more speakers. The album opens with very slow-burning Only To Be, then smoulders along like it has no point to prove with every single instant available to create gold. Fitting then that the album cover is plated in the stuff.
On Forever (track two), elsewhere remixed by Paul Mac, the juicy synth makes you want to lay on the floor. By Run For It on track five, the album climbs to its first real peak and makes known some clear intentions - Six60 plan to rock you into a new here and now.
There is loads of space in this Six60/Tiki Taane (Salmonella Dub) produced record. It is a two-CD release, with the second shorter CD warranting attention because it contains the two biggest hits, Don't Forget Your Roots and Rise Up 2.0.
I'm not sure of the logic behind splitting up the album like this.
With a healthy dose of reggae-dub finding its way into the mix, this album has echoes of an acoustic, Islander style, particularly in the vocal. High in torque and riding well at low RPM, this is a sublime record that deserves full attention. In fact, without a proper listen you may pass it off as a lesser work. Not so say I, as do 15,000 New Zealanders who made Rise Up 2.0 a number 1 in the land of the long white cloud back in 2010.