Hotly tipped Wellington electronic trio Groeni released their 4 track EP Hinde yesterday (Friday June 13th) through Wondercore Island. To accompany the release is a video clip created by singer Alexander Green, the third visual treatment for the EP, joining two transfixing music videos already released in collaboration with young Wellington designer Joel Fear and sponsored by Radio New Zealand in partnership with Red Bull Sound Select. Together, they perfectly set the stage for Green's angelic and exploratory vocal refrains.
The Hinde visual treatment is a transfixing piece of videography which at times looks like it could be cloud covering Mount Victoria that overlooks the electronic trio’s hometown of Wellington, shapes blur and move at a mesmerising pace. The video for EP track ‘Hedre’ depicts a god's eye view of a series of rotating black and white landscapes, and juxtaposed with abstract imagery, the treatment spirals and pulses in nuanced synergy with the song's techno naturalistic rhythms and woozy synthesisers.
"With previous Groeni music it has always been 'this thing makes me sad or angry', but this time it's from more of an outside perspective on feelings," Alexander explains.
Groeni have been releasing music and performing since 2012, but really hit their stride in 2015 when Germany's Project Mooncircle / HHV DE released their second EP Hewn. Since then, their blend of soul post dubstep, spiritual dream-folk and engaging sound art has been championed by BBC 3 & 6 (UK), KCRW (LA), prestigious Soundcloud channel Future Garage and The 405 (UK), amongst other radio stations and media outlets worldwide.
Groeni transitioned from a solo project into a fully collaborative project after Alexander's long-time musician friends Mike Isaacs and James Paul joined him on stage. "Between the three of us, we are developing a way to utilise our collective knowledge and perspective that one person perhaps couldn't achieve," Mike says.
Recorded and mixed at their respective home studios, HINDE sees Groeni hitting new peaks. Influenced by the abstract techno and beatpop of Blawan, Borrowed CS and I'lls, Groeni's latest iteration is warmer, grittier and more direct. The EP is made up of 21st century dance music that never disregards the power of classic songwriting.