Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Kristin Clift0
“You and I” — Avalanche City
There are always certain songs that you play over and over again and can’t seem to get enough of. Last year, two of those songs for me were “Settle Down” by Kimbra and “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous. Both of those artists — maybe not so coincidently — are from New Zealand.
Recently, I discovered Avalanche City, a folk rock band that is proving to be yet another one of my favorite music sensations coming from the land of the Kiwis. Maybe the fact that I live in New Zealand and am in love with the place has something to do with it. But I’m sure some people can agree with me that this small country is capable of producing some extraordinary talent.
Dave Baxter spearheads Avalanche City with its musicians bringing in unique folk sounds produced by violins, glockenspiels, accordions and a “manjo” — which is apparently the nickname for a mandolin-banjo … but has a totally different and disturbing meaning on Urban Dictionary, like everything else (don’t look it up. I know you want to now because I said not to. But seriously don’t do it). “Love, Love, Love” was Avalanche City’s first single that rapidly climbed to number one on New Zealand charts. The entire album, Our New Life Above The Ground is worth a few listens but one of my favorites is “You and I.” Listen and enjoy.