A Swig of Gin.

Gin Wigmore, “Black Sheep”

Gravel and Wine, 2011

For a while there, Gin Wigmore was just milling around in the middle. Releasing solid albums with likeable tracks, smeared with influences from all over the town. Her 2008 self-titled EP and 2009’s Holy Smoke propelled her a little into the spotlight, but the New Zealand songstress was still drifting, trying to find a sound she could hold on to.

But now, with the release of her second album, Gravel and Wine, she finally sound like she knows where she’s going. She’s given up the niceties and just embraced the freaky, bluesy, stompy badass chick inside of her.

Black Sheep is an ambitious start to the album, a thumping bass and drums under a wall of harmonies. It rolls along at a quick pace, never losing the heavy beat, which keeps pushing it forward.

Wigmore’s vocals has retained their stretchy saltiness, but she’s gained a hell of a lot of sass and confidence in her lyrics:

“I got lots of jealous lovers that all wish they had me back
Got a pistol for a mouth, my own mama gave me that
Making my own road out of gravel and some wine” 

Think of it as Adele’s Rumour Has It, just a little rockier.

A cranking single from an artist who’s finally ready to kick in some doors.

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