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NZMM: Artists on Wellington Music – Sophie Burbery/Little Bark

We’ve been checking in with some local artists, writers & critics to get their thoughts on what makes the Wellington Music scene unique, and to get their take on some of their favourite Wellington sounds. You can check out some older posts from critics Nick Bollinger, & Grant Smithies, Blue Smoke writer Chris Bourke, and musicians Samuel Flynn Scott & Alistair Fraser, but since it is New Zealand Music Month we thought we would check in with some more people over the course of May.

Whether offering an opinion on the uniqueness or elusive qualities that make up Wellington music, or just some of their favourite albums, the most important thing is the music itself, and we hope these posts lead you back to some favourite albums, or help you to discover something new.

Up today is Sophie Burbery. Her 2010 debut Hope is Rubbery was divided into two EP sides, each created with a different producer and presented two distinct musical personas. One side was recorded as Sophie Burbery, the other as ‘Little Bark’. The 2014 album U.S.B was released under the ‘Little Bark’ monicker…

Wellington is a small city (in the scheme of things) so there aren’t a lot of musicians. So we work closely together, often collaborating, playing in each other’s bands to support each other, leading to more risk taking and better musicianship. It’s a potent brew is Wellington.
Top3 bands/albums:

Dave Frazer – Cavebirds
Luke Buda – The C sides
Cortina – Control Freaks Rule the World

You can buy Sophie’s music on Bandcamp here, and her releases as Little Bark here.

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