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free music friday: boh runga
August 21, 2009, 7:10 am
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fmf_bohrungaBoh Runga with Greg Laswell
‘Right Here’

Boh and Bic Runga are like the Venus and Serena Williams of the New Zealand music scene. Unlike many musical sisters who follow their own path (e.g. Fiona Apple and Maude Maggart, Natalie and Laura Imbruglia), both Runga siblings have achieved massive sales figures and the respect of their peers. While Bic has largely been a solo artist, and has achieved significant international acclaim, Boh has spent much of the last decade fronting rock band Stellar* – not to be confused with New York punk band Stellastarr* – with three bestselling albums to their name back home.

Taking a break from the band, Boh decided to strike out on her own and spent six months of last year in a Hollywood studio with producer Marshall Altman crafting what would become her solo debut Right Here, released in the US last month. As well as collaborating with Greg Laswell on the title track, Boh also teamed up with System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, Wendy Melvoin and Whiskeytown’s Mike Daly to create a panoramic collection of direct, no-nonsense pop-rock tunes. ‘Right Here’ is soft and tasteful, melodic and mild, perhaps prioritising these assets over individuality but not in a cynical way. It’s an accomplished, unshowy ballad that gently rolls along with muted purpose, Laswell’s contribution adding up to not much more than shading rather than a vital male vocal foil for Runga to bounce off of. Things pick up in the bridge, though, as Boh injects her vocal with some urgency and easily discernable feeling, allowing the song to open up and seep beneath your skin. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Boh Runga with Greg Laswell, ‘Right Here’

BONUS MP3: Boh Runga, ‘Evelyn’
BONUS MP3: Boh Runga, ‘Dark Horse’

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