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Ven­er­a­ble New Zealan­ders keep up the good work. As part of Dunedin’s Fly­ing Nun scene – the la­bel that was a wob­bly An­tipodean ana­logue of Scot­land’s Post­card records – The Chills se­cured their slightly dank nook in mu­si­cal his­tory in the ’ 80s. Their off-kil­ter gui­tar-pop was the stuff of cultish dreams – or maybe, in the case of sin­gle Pink Frost, night­mares. Singer Martin Phillipps re-ac­ti­vated his moth­er­ship band with 2015 LP Sil­ver Bul­lets, and Snow Bound con­tin­ues to show­case a jan­gled set of nerves and gui­tars. Scarred and Com­plex main­tain the slight crack in their indie chime, while the clos­ing In Har­mony sets out a man­i­festo in an un­steady world (“For we’re still, still, still – be­liev­ing in har­mony”). Long may they keep their uneasy faith. ★★★ VIC­TO­RIA SE­GAL Lis­ten To: Com­plex | In Har­mony | Scarred

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