12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The New Zealand pop star Gin Wigmore is mostly unknown outside of her homeland, but there’s a good chance that her sophomore album, Gravel & Wine, will change all that. First released in 2011, it was picked up by Mercury Records in 2013. “Black Sheep” sets the tone with immediately catchy dance-pop punctuated by Wigmore’s unique vocals soulfully crooning through menacing melodies. Although her voice has been compared to Billie Holiday's, she inflects more like Macy Gray here and throughout Gravel & Wine. She sounds so gritty and seasoned in the bombastic “Man Like That” that her voice stands in stark contrast to her physical appearance; she's a petite blond with impossibly blue eyes. Should that particular song sound somewhat familiar compared with the other tunes, that could be because it's featured in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. Though, with its cinematic baritone guitar leads and acoustic Spanish-style rhythms, the catchier “Devil in Me” sounds more tailored for the silver screen. “Happy Ever After” also stands out with its “We Will Rock You”–style rhythm section.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The New Zealand pop star Gin Wigmore is mostly unknown outside of her homeland, but there’s a good chance that her sophomore album, Gravel & Wine, will change all that. First released in 2011, it was picked up by Mercury Records in 2013. “Black Sheep” sets the tone with immediately catchy dance-pop punctuated by Wigmore’s unique vocals soulfully crooning through menacing melodies. Although her voice has been compared to Billie Holiday's, she inflects more like Macy Gray here and throughout Gravel & Wine. She sounds so gritty and seasoned in the bombastic “Man Like That” that her voice stands in stark contrast to her physical appearance; she's a petite blond with impossibly blue eyes. Should that particular song sound somewhat familiar compared with the other tunes, that could be because it's featured in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. Though, with its cinematic baritone guitar leads and acoustic Spanish-style rhythms, the catchier “Devil in Me” sounds more tailored for the silver screen. “Happy Ever After” also stands out with its “We Will Rock You”–style rhythm section.

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About Gin Wigmore

Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore crafts emotional, intelligent folk-pop in the vein of contemporaries like Feist, Fiona Apple, and Brandi Carlile. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, her big break came after beating out 11,000 talented participants to win the International Songwriting Contest in New York, which resulted in a record deal with Universal Music Australia. Wigmore released her debut EP, with the award-winning "Hallelujah" (a deeply personal song that dealt with the passing of her father) as its centerpiece, in 2008. A full-length debut, Holy Smoke, arrived one year later, featuring performances by former Ryan Adams backing band the Cardinals. Gravel & Wine, originally released in New Zealand in 2011 and in the U.S. in 2013, was a huge-sounding dance-pop album that, like her debut, went platinum in New Zealand. Wigmore headed to Blakeslee Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California for her third studio long-player, the much-anticipated Blood to Bone.

Recorded during a two-week period in California, 2015's Blood to Bone saw Wigmore introducing a more electronics-forward sound, and in 2017 she gave birth to her first child, Ivory Nashoba Butler, who would become the namesake of her fourth studio long-player, 2018's Ivory. ~ James Christopher Monger

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