Marlin’s Dreaming – Photo credit: Ryan Helleur
“Hailing from Dunedin – a city with a deep indie pop heritage – their songwriter takes the spider-like guitar lines of The Clean et al and adds some blurred out effects.” – Clash
“Mixing bits of pieces of indie, psychedelic, and surf rock,
Marlin’s Dreaming is making the kind of music that’s chilled-out and calming,
while incorporating enough flashes of energy to keep you moving.”
– Pigeons & Planes
“It’s music that you’d want to hear while making some of
the best memories in your life. It’s a song full of independence and a
motivator for you to get out and explore the beautiful earth on a sunny day.”
“Quotidian is a record that should be on any music-lover’s radar.” – Atwood
New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming are today sharing the video for their new single “Outwards Crying” from their forthcoming album, Quotidian. The video premiered with Clash who commented, “We picture the rain falling on huge green fields when listening to their music, something that comes to the fore of new song Outwards Crying.”
Where previous single “Sink Or Swim” was a layered and tender song about detachment and the struggle to feel present, lead singer Semisi Maiai says new single “Outwards Crying” is “about my urge to leave my hometown (Dunedin, NZ) and change my surroundings. It’s a song about nature. For the video we wanted a gritty and off-kilter accompaniment to the song, and that turned out to be shooting farm animals and old buildings around Dunedin, which I can’t explain why but seems fitting. I feel like this is our most heavy song on the upcoming album, not in terms of instrumentation, but more how confronting it is emotionally.”
About Marlin’s Dreaming
Marlin’s Dreaming are a young band hailing from a cold, damp flat in Dunedin, New Zealand. In October 2017, just a couple of months after forming, Marlin’s Dreaming released their first body of work, Lizard Tears. It was an eight song mix of indie pop tasters, and one reworked track from frontman, Semisi Maiai’s, former band GROMz. The album reached huge popularity across streaming platforms worldwide, and transitioned into two sold out tours of New Zealand.
In 2018 Marlin’s Dreaming released their second body of work, Talk on Commic. The EP retains the wry humour of Lizard Tears, but is less mannered; a darker beast with 90’s fangs evoking many of the post-punk greats. This EP received support from popular Spotify and Apple playlists and Youtube Channels.
2019 proved to be another successful year, doing support slots with Kirin J Callinan, The Chills and Ocean Alley. They also managed to fit in three headline tours of their own, including 2 sold out runs in Australia.
Marlin’s Dreaming are releasing their upcoming LP, Quotidian, on April 24th 2020.
Vocals/guitar: Semisi Maiai
Bass: Oscar Johns
Drums: Hamish Merchant
Lead guitar: Leith Towers