How New Zealand Musicians are Revitalizing Maori Language

Maori, the Indigenous language of New Zealand, is on the cusp of extinction—and musicians in the country are trying to save it. Translating well-known songs into te reo Maori (“te reo” meaning “the language”), New Zealand artists are putting the Indigenous tongue back into use. Lorde is one such musician, releasing a new EP, Te Ao Marama, that’s composed of five songs from her record Solar …

First Aid Kit: Perfect Places

As part of a two-track live studio recording release from BBC Radio 2, First Aid Kit’s “Perfect Places” turns the Lorde original into a stripped-down, folky number. The Swedish duo infuse the cover song with plenty of delicate beauty, and an almost wintry haze. With a new album on the horizon, it’s another taste at what First Aid Kit is capable of delivering.