Arch Hill Recordings

Arch Hill Recordings is a record label, a recording studio and a bunch of other sometimes ill-advised creative kinds of endeavours.

If we have to put a name on it, which I guess we'd rather not, the music genre we are most closely associated with is NZ indie pop/rock. Bands on Arch Hill Recordings usually tend to like music that manages to combine a great sparkling tune with something a bit different; like a few left-of-center experimental tricks, twists, sonic inventions, re-inventions, or perhaps just some plain whacked out weirdness.

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Artists

Ben & Greta

Starting early, they composed their first song on the primary school jungle-gym... More

David Kilgour

David Kilgour first started playing guitar as a teenager in the late 70's. More

David Mulcahy

David Mulcahy has been writing and recording music since the early 1980's. As a member of The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience and Superette he has gathered a back catalog of 4... More

Fang

Last count it was six years ago that Fang formed over a few drinks and a lipstick smeared phone number. More

Ghost Wave

From Auckland, Ghost Wave signed to Arch Hill in 2011 and released their debut EP in April of that year. More

Ghostplane

Ghostplane fall very approximately into the category of experimental indie rock/pop with a side of dark alt-country thrown in. More

Grand Prix

Formed in 2001, grand prix began as a three piece country song singing oddity, with no drums or bass, sublime to some, ridiculous to others. More

Jay Clarkson

Clarkson was a founding member of '80s underground punk collective The Playthings, who released 2 singles and an album (engineered by later Bats bassist Paul Kean). More

Lanky

Omigod, how good is this? The sounds of Lanky capture the more mysterious moments of classic sixties pop. More

Luke Buda

Born in Wroclaw, Poland, Lukasz Pawel Buda came to New Zealand in 1987, met Sam Flynn Scott and Conrad Wedde at Wellington High School 1992 and set about forming critically... More

Mestar

a perfect pairing for the study and practise of pop and rock science. More

Pine

Pine are a Christchurch based three piece signed to Auckland label Arch Hill. More

Punches

Punches are a mix of acoustic and electronic influence, Kelly and James like to keep things varied and different. In the same set playing with backing tracks and other times... More

Street Chant

Street Chant More

Surf City

Surf City first came in to existence when bored friends Davin Stoddard and Josh Kennedy met at a party in Mt Roskill in 2004. More

The Boxcar Guitars

alt.country styles came to Auckland More

The Clean

The Clean's pre-eminent place in Flying Nun lore comes down to two factors - their unchallengeable position as The Band That Started It All 21 years ago, and the group's... More

The Haints Of Dean Hall

The Haints Of Dean Hall are Stephen Reay [ex-Subliminals] & Kathryn McCool. More

Transistors

Transistors are a mighty slice of ballsy, punky, loud goodness. More

White Swan Black Swan

White Swan is the songs of Sonya Waters and Black Swan are the songs of Ben Howe; different songs and a different sound - but the people making them are... More

Releases

Ages

Arch Hill Recordings announce the release of the debut album from Ghost Wave, Ages. More

Ages - LP

Arch Hill Recordings announce the release of the debut album from Ghost Wave, Ages. More

Akira Sunrise

Album number two from the DIY christchurch popsters Pine. More

Beach Pigs 7"

Arch Hill are super pleased to re-release the debut Beach Pigs EP. More

Beneath The Sleepy Lagoon

The follow up to 2004's 'Panther Valley Country Club'. More

Books & Magazines

Books & Magazines is the 4th album proper by Christchurch rock pop trio Pine, released by Arch Hill Records. More

Castle Of Useless Junk EP

Castle Of Useless Junk EP was mixed at the Beech House, in Nashville USA by Mark Nevers, who's credit's include Lambchop, Calexico, Will Oldham and David Kilgour. More

Come Howling

The debut album from Wellington's Family Cactus. More

Diamond Mine - Single

This is the first track released from the forthcoming David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights album Left By Soft More

Etheria

Having relocated from Auckland to Nashville a few years back, Kelly was naturally unable to carry on "slapping de bass" with Dimmer. However, by the power of Skype, and a... More

Falling Debris

Arch Hill presents Falling Debris, a brand new David Kilgour album with lyrics by NZ icon Sam Hunt! More

Frail Girls / Salad Daze 7"

The new 'double A side' from Street Chant. Smart but economical. If there is an Auckland underground, then they have driven a bulldozer through the middle of it. More

Frozen Orange

Frozen Orange is David Kilgour's latest offering and a slight departure for him - not so much in style as in method. More

Ghost Wave - EP

The EP was mostly recorded in the band's Sandringham garage "Ghost Cave" and a Kingsland loft. More

Here Come The Cars

This is a reissue of the 1992 debut solo album from once 'Clean' main man David Kilgour. More

Here She Comes - Single

Here She Comes is the new single from Ghost Wave. More

Introducing . . . Arch Hill Recordings Compilation CD

'Introducing Arch Hill Recordings' continues the tradition of independent New Zealand music with substance. Central to this are innovation, good ideas and good songs. More

Is This Anything?

Bangin full-length album from Transistors, a buzzy three piece power pop band. More

Is This Anything? - LP

Now available on LP!! Bangin full-length album from Transistors, a buzzy three piece power pop band from Rangiora. More

Kudos

Surf City have come up trumps with their excellent debut longplayer, Kudos. More

Lamplight EP

This debut EP 'Lamplight' contains the radio favourite "My Love Is Blue" and a handful of their freshly recorded gems that highlight the band's stripped back, timeless feel. More

Left By Soft

Left By Soft is David's eighth solo album and his fourth with Arch Hill More

Left By Soft LP

Left By Soft is David Kilgour's eighth solo album and his fourth with Arch Hill. This LP is a limited edition run with all copies signed and numbered by the... More

Longplayer

Longplayer sees the stripped back Christchurch trio find further development. More

Marvellous Year

Marvellous Year is the first full release under the name Don McGlashan and The Seven Sisters - reflecting a more "band" effort than his first solo album Warm Hand. More

Mashed

Mashed is a live album from one of NZ's most influential bands, The Clean. More

Means

Means is the highly anticipated debut album from breakthrough Auckland three piece Street Chant, on Arch Hill. More

Means - LP

The acclaimed debut album is now available on vinyl - with free download code! More

Mister Pop

Mister Pop is their first album in, oh, ages, & it features all new material from the legendary three-piece! More

Oddy Knocky

David Mulcahy's first solo outing following his pivotal membership in Flying Nun greats the Jean Paul Sartre Experience and Superette. More

Origin of the Species

Carnivorous jangly-pop from Auckland three piece who specialise in smart-stuff that you can singalong to. More

Over The Mountain

Although it has been seven years since the last Jay Clarkson release, those familiar with New Zealand music history will know her name well and anticipate her newest release. More

Panther Valley Country Club

Ghostplane fall very approximately into the category of experimental indie rock/pop with a side of dark alt-country thrown in. More

Punches

James Duncan and Kelly Steven have come together in the home studio setting of Mt Roskill to record this, their self-titled debut release. More

Separation City - Music From The Motion Picture

Aside from compositions by Sam & Luke, the album features tracks by The Phoenix Foundation, SJD, The Black Seeds, Cassette, The NZSO, Wild Bill Ricketts and Mike Fabulous. More

Show Of Hands - Original Soundtrack

Don McGlashan composed and oversaw the soundtrack featuring performances by himself and his band The Seven Sisters, with guests including Anika Moa, Reb Fountain, Voom, James Ioelu, Sean Donnelly and... More

Shut The Squizwot Factories Down

Once upon a time, there lived a king, whose crown was his castle. In this kingdom lived many small Squizwots, whose magical orange essence brought the king extraordinary wealth. Factories... More

Sink / Good Sick, Bad Sick - Single

Street Chant's latest single Sink, along with a b-side Good Sick/Bad Sick. More

Sleeper

Sleeper is the new album from The Haints Of Dean Hall. More

Somewhere Out There

The new album from guitar-friendly popsters. More

Special Suprise

Luke Buda has a unique melodic aptitude, a soft spot for lush synthy excess & a lolloping rhythmic charm ~ we think he has come up trumps with some absurdly good... More

Speeding EP

16 minutes of pleasure from Christchurch indie 3 piece. More

Spirit Lights

The Wellington six piece release their second album Spirit Lights two years after their debut Come Howling. More

Spirit Lights - LP

The album Spirit Lights is now available on vinyl and contains 1 x Clear Vinyl 1 x Large 600x600 Poster! Lightly strummed, orchestral anthemic folk rock tunes with pained melodies... More

Strobosphere

Strobosphere sees New Zealand indie-noise pioneers Bailterspace return, after a 13-year hiatus, to a markedly different musical landscape, honed new variants of guitar-based melodic noise, while maintaining the quartet's utterly... More

Strobosphere LP

Strobosphere sees New Zealand indie-noise pioneers Bailterspace return, after a 13-year hiatus, to a markedly different musical landscape, honed new variants of guitar-based melodic noise, while maintaining the quartet's utterly... More

Surf City EP

Surf City have released their self titled debut. The majority of the 6 song EP was recorded in 2006 in various lounges and bedrooms around Auckland More

Swim Up Stream

The album is called SWIM UP STREAM because making quality music is never easy. More

Take Me Back

After a long wait and a move to Melbourne, Batrider has followed up their debut album, They Said You're Hideous with the four track EP Take Me Back. More

Terraplane Twilight

Terraplane Twilight is Grand Prix's third album. Recording the album (appropriately) at the Car Club in Wellington has kept the automotive theme alive, but it has now become a subtler... More

The Far Now

The 6th album for former Clean frontman David Kilgour and his 2nd on Auckland indie label Arch Hill. More

The Guilty Office

For their 7th studio album, The Guilty Office, The Bats continue to refine and develop their own idiosyncratic path, whilst also adding fresh sparkle and new ideas. More

The Haints Of Dean Hall

'The Haints Of Dean Hall' is a fragile, rural and low volume contemplative sound where Julie Cruise meets the Carter Family. More

The Hill Is Alive - Compilation 2

The second compilation from Arch Hill features a vibrant mix of melodic indie and punk based New Zealand pop. More

The Speed Of Sound

The Speed Of Sound is the 4th album from Grand Prix. Released on famed local label Arch Hill, it features the band's most dynamic, exciting work to date – without... More

The Way Of The Racer

'The Way Of The Racer' was recorded live ~ no studio trickery for these gas guzzlers ~ exposing their kick ass chops. More

Trinine

Trinine was recorded in New York prior to Bailterspace's last album Strobosphere. It features all three original members - Alister Parker, John Halverson and Bent McLachlan. More

Trinine LP

Now available on vinyl! Trinine was recorded in New York prior to Bailterspace's last album Strobosphere. It features all three original members - Alister Parker, John Halverson and Bent McLachlan. More

Vesuvius

Once again Luke Buda follows the birth of a child with the release of an album! Arch Hill Recordings presents Vesuvius, the second solo album from key Phoenix Foundation bandmember,... More

Wait

"...Wait is simply one of the most unassumingly beautiful records I have heard in as long as I can remember. Lanky's tunes make a stand for exquisite, mature songwriting, and... More

Warm Hand

'Warm Hand' was mostly tracked in the isolated environment of "The Barn" at Te Papatipu ~ on the West Coast at Bethells Beach, Auckland ~ promoting an imagined world akin... More

We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This

Surf City continue their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of... More

We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This - LP

Now on vinyl! Surf City continue their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up... More

White Swan Black Swan

This double mini album features stalwarts of the local scene, White Swan (Sonya Waters) and Black Swan (Ben Howe). More

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