KIWI POP DUO FOLEY RELEASE PART 1 OF DEBUT ALBUM ‘CROWD PLEASER, PT. 1’
February 24, 2023 BY Abby Harari
Today, New Zealand’s acclaimed pop duo Foley, Ash Wallace and Gabe Everett, release the first part of their debut album titled Crowd Pleaser, Pt. 1 via Nettwerk. The pair also releases energetic new single and video, “Coffee,” featuring fellow indie-pop powerhouse Tim Atlas.
Foley describes “Coffee,” “This song is a frenzy of thoughts and total chaos. We really wanted to capture the way it feels to be questioning your actions and relationships and pushing yourself as much as you can to be a better person – to no avail. In those moments where something as ridiculous as your coffee order being wrong can push you over the edge, it might be a sign to chill out and not take life so seriously…!”
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The multi-instrumentalist team galvanizes with their forward-thinking sound. A singular organism in duo form, their boundary-pushing formula bears all the gleaming hooks, infectious rhythm patterns, and deft arrangements required for success.
A fierce energy between the writers and a powerful understanding of the pop form ensures only elements that advance groove and bolster melody are employed.
“Crowd Pleaser is a journey of experimentation and exploration for us. We completely removed all limitations from ourselves and pushed our creative boundaries to the edge,” says Foley.
They continue, “When writing we became absorbed by the situations that this music would be listened to. What experiences people will have, what emotions they’d feel. Getting lost in the challenge of how we soundtrack those events and how we capture those feelings resulted in the most creative and exciting music we’ve ever written.”
The pair’s first two releases of this project, “Smooth It Over” and “Killing Me Babe,” marked a change in Foley’s sound to a grittier, more fearless pop they now call home.
Following a New Zealand tour with iconic singer-songwriter Remi Wolf, the duo will head to Texas for SXSW.
Foley was nominated for Best Pop Act & Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards and landed a prestigious Silver Scroll nomination. The duo also hit number two on the official NZ Hot 20 Chart and had a number one Independent song on NZ Radio. The pair have also graced the main stage at New Zealand’s most prominent festival, Rhythm & Vines, and have supported Tove Lo, Still Woozy, and Two Door Cinema Club. They now have over 8 million streams worldwide.