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SFS | 5 mins with Milly Tabak

The Miltones front-woman Milly Tabak took a break from writing her bluesy folk-rock ballads to chat with us about her band’s upcoming summer festival debut at WOMAD. You can also find them this summer at MarchFest in Nelson.



Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

Mud, friends, dancing

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

The Guess Who, Fleetwood Mac and Janis Joplin

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

Showcasing some of the new music we’ve been working on. I locked myself away this summer to write about some stuff I’ve been going through and it’s finally at the stage where I can share it with everyone!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

All the Young Girls Love Alice – Elton John, always.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

Gypsy Queen is always a crowd favourite.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

Nothings Wrong – Haim
Depths – Yumi Zouma
Outstanding – The Gap Band

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track

I have sooo many!
That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
Ignition – R. Kelly
Ride Wit Me – Nelly

What’s your social media of choice?

Instagram – I’m constantly deleting it off my phone so it doesn’t take over my life. I’m addicted to #cakeporn.

Who do you follow and where?

Anika Moa on Instagram because she’s a funny bitch! I even followed her all the way to America last month to attend the International Folk Alliance in Kansas and she had me in tears the entire time.

What’s your go-to festival outfit?

Anything by the amazing Brook Tyson. Her creations make me feel like a goddess! She’s actually just finished two new pieces for me to rock on stage at WOMAD!

Word association:

  • Music – Life
  • Festival – Dancing
  • Camping – New Years
  • Fashion –  @brooketysonnz
  • Roadie – Singing

Returning for it’s 14th year at the stunning TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park in New Plymouth, WOMAD New Zealand is a celebration of music, arts and dance from around the globe. Buy your tickets here.

reviewed | Fire Within by Birdy

British singer Birdy first hit our airwaves with her chill inducing cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love”, which went six times platinum in Australia. Her self-titled debut album “Birdy” was met with similar success, and peaked at number one in three countries. Her second studio album Fire Within looks set to do the same.

The rise of artists such as Adele, Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons have led some critics to call this the era of “beige pop”, or the era of boring. All ballads and no bang! I agree. No doubt those musicians are talented, but there is only so much sad warbling I can take. Personally, I consume media for the escapism. There’s so much sadness, heartache and depression in real life, and sometimes I need something different. Fire Within provides a happy emotional medium.

Many would liken Birdy to Adele, however, I feel that comparison isn’t quite correct. Like Adele, Birdy has reverberating, pure vocals, but Birdy’s style is easier to listen to on repeat because it’s not as heavy. In my opinion, Birdy’s voice is more comparable to Florence Welch of Florence and the Machines. Like Ed Sheeran, Birdy is a talented singer-songwriter, having written or co-written all of the songs on this new album (coincidentally, Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons co-wrote the song “Words as a Weapon”). The one last comparison I would make is that Birdy is to the Brits what Lorde is to us in New Zealand–very young (only 17), just bubbling over with potential and such a unique talent.

Fire Within is a study in contrasts. The album is at once youthful but mature, nostalgic but hopeful, sad but euphoric. There is no better song to illustrate this than the epic power ballad “Wings”, which easily belongs in the climax of a heart wrenching Hollywood movie. Another song that stands out on the album is “Strange Birds”, which with all its drama and ascending notes is reminiscent of a James Bond theme.

Birdy’s second album Fire Within is a beautiful, introspective and creative folk-pop album.