Kane Strang, “Things Are Never Simple”

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Strang’s debut collection of demos was recorded in a bomb shelter in Germany, and Blue Cheese, his recently released debut album, was recorded in his parents’ house in Dunedin, New Zealand, while they were away for a couple of months. The comforts of home don’t seem to have put him much more at ease. In the Dunedin rock lineage, Kane Strang comes across as something of the youngest sibling: an angsty fidget, ahead of the curve, the beneficiary of his older brothers’ knowledge and record collections. “Things Are Never Simple” both belies and confirms its title, with wind-up guitar riffs shot from the hip while Strang tosses up a handful of barbed vocal hooks.