Her­riot Row

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Lesser Stars (South­bound)

For the pre­vi­ously un­in­formed or ini­ti­ated – in­clud­ing yours truly – Her­riot Row (just the one r thanks) is the name of a street in Dunedin, home to The Chills, The Clean etc and the adopted alias of song­writer Si­mon Comber, whose men­tors in­clude Mike Chunn and Neil Finn, who dis­cov­ered him at a Sa­cred Heart Col­lege fundraiser in Auck­land in the early years of the new mil­len­nium. Lesser Stars is one of those al­bums that threat­ens to suf­fo­cate you with it’s sim­ple beauty and the in­ti­mate in­ten­sity of the lyrics of Learn­ing Not To Talk, The Beg­gar and Song For A Shadow .As earnest as Comber can some­times seem, his largely acous­tic song­writ­ing style has echoes of some of the great hip­pie singer-song­writ­ers of the late 60s and early 70s. Mike Alexan­der

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