Mu­si­cian launches new EP

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Michaela Poin­ton has the kind of youth­ful en­thu­si­asm any­one would be jeal­ous of. Fresh-faced and full of ex­cite­ment about the world, the 18 year old’s at­ti­tude could light up any room.

While the Tauhara Col­lege head girl is nat­u­rally re­laxed in the leadup to the school hol­i­days, her ex­cite­ment is war­ranted for other rea­sons. Af­ter many years of work hon­ing her mu­si­cal skills, the Taupo¯ singer/song­writer has just re­leased her first EP — Hu­man Na­ture — a six-song of­fer­ing of or­ganic pop orig­i­nals.

Her songs are in­spired by life ex­pe­ri­ences and while she ad­mits some lyrics are bru­tally hon­est and raw, she en­joys con­trast­ing melodies against the emo­tion of her songs.

“Song writ­ing is such an ex­ag­ger­a­tion of emo­tions,” she said. “I like cre­at­ing light pop melodies that have heavy lyrics, so you can still eas­ily lis­ten to a song and hope­fully it is mem­o­rable.”

She ex­plains Hu­man Na­ture as a slight shift away from what Taupo¯ au­di­ences have ex­pe­ri­enced of her mu­sic in the past.

“I love catchy hooks and en­joy lis­ten­ing to pop­u­lar mu­sic, es­pe­cially songs that peo­ple can sing along with,” she said. “So, while I’m usu­ally play­ing stripped­back songs with just my gui­tar, this EP is very lay­ered and beau­ti­fully pro­duced, full of songs that are prob­a­bly a bit more edgy than what I’ve done be­fore.”

The idea of record­ing an EP has been one Michaela has been in dis­cus­sion about for the last three years, but all six songs have been writ­ten in the past 12 months. Work­ing with lo­cal Taupo¯ mu­si­cian David Love, who pro­duced the EP and per­forms on the tracks, Michaela said fi­nally mak­ing an al­bum was all about tim­ing.

“We re­ally wanted to make sure we had the best ma­te­rial and it was go­ing to be as good as pos­si­ble,” she said. “It’s been an amaz­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with David who has set high ex­pec­ta­tions all the way through. He helped me to not set­tle for any­thing less than per­fect when we were record­ing the EP, so I’m re­ally proud of what we’ve pro­duced.”

Mu­sic will con­tinue to be a big part of Michaela’s life when she moves to Auck­land next year, start­ing de­grees in mu­sic, pol­i­tics and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

“While I’m to­tally look­ing for­ward to get­ting into study­ing next year, I’m so ex­cited about mu­sic, it’s just so im­por­tant and so ex­cit­ing for me right now, and I can’t wait to keep writ­ing and shar­ing my mu­sic with oth­ers.”

Hu­man Na­ture was of­fi­cially re­leased last Fri­day in front of a crowd of 170 peo­ple and is avail­able on iTunes, Spo­tify, Ap­ple Mu­sic and all other stream­ing ser­vices. In the first 48 hours af­ter re­lease it had al­most 1000 streams on Spo­tify alone.

Photo / Su­sana Buck­ton

Michaela Poin­ton per­form­ing at the re­lease party for her first EP Hu­man Na­ture, a col­lec­tion of orig­i­nal songs.

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