When we posted Auckland, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter and musician Night Pilot’s (Hannah Brewer) debut single ‘Drive’ last year, we described it as, “...evoking a musical spirit similar to the likes of Nite Jewel, Grouper, and Angel Olsen.” And while her follow-up ‘Hotel’ continued those implied atmospherics in a sense, it also leaned into a particular vein of swinging sixties/early 70s rhythmic psychedelica that recalled the internationally minded, but antipodean rooted works of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala.

Night Pilot’s new single ‘Satellites’ leans back towards the atmospheric minimalism of ‘Drive,’ but takes those impulses ever further, arriving in a Fiona Apple-esque space so intimate you could call it naked. Set against washy waves of synth, delicate, fluttering guitars, and subtle grooves, Night Pilot deploys a sequence of memorable vocal melodies, hushed whispers, and barefaced lyrical honesty, using the song too, in her words, “...say things I’ve never said to anyone before.”

For ‘Satellites,’ production duties were handled by Nic Manders at Parachute Studios in Auckland. Here’s hoping we get more music from Night Pilot soon.