Eight years on from the release of their last project Light years, Kora remain one of New Zealand’s most in-demand live acts. Finally, the band announce the forthcoming release of a brand new EP, with first single ‘Secret Lover’ displaying the timeless songwriting and musicianship they’ve famous for.

Equal part exhilaration and exhortation, ‘Secret Lover’ is a tune that entices the listener to relax and revel in the thrill of attraction. The undeniable drum groove is matched with one of “those” basslines, the funkiest of guitars, syrup-smooth synth pads, angelic twinkling bells and a devilishly searing lead break all topped with the passionate vocals of a newly beating heart.

Recorded by long time members Fran Kora, Dan McGruer and Richie Allan, the song also features the deep pocket of Aotearoa drum royalty and new band member Darren Mathiassen (Trinity Roots, Hollie Smith, Shapeshifter), a combination of the familiar and the new that has created magic. Marika Hodgson (Hollie Smith, Troy Kingi, Alae) and Karlos TUnks (Moana and The Tribe, Modern Maori Quatet) round out the live Kora line-up.

The accompanying video is a parallel tale of breaking from routine in search of new pleasure and the joys of mischief, beautifully shot by talented Director/Producer Shae Sterling.

“Kora has never stopped gigging and we’re stoked to share the first of our new batch of tunes with the everyone. Can’t wait to play this at upcoming festivals and gigs,” frontman Fran Kora says.

“We’ve road tested a few of the tracks from the EP at shows over the summer, and the response has been really strong. The sound of the new music is everything you know and lvoe about Kora, but with a 2020 twist.”

Release today on KORA’s own label via DRM, ‘Secret Lover’ is the first chapter in a new volume, lnog awaited by the band’s enormous and loyal fanbase eager to hear what’s next from the multi-platinum, chart-topping musicians.

KORA headline the Porirua (24 July), Hamilton (31 July). Auckland (7 August) and Christchurch (29 August) dates for Good Vibes Festival, and will also play One Love Festival in Tauranga on Waitangi weekend.

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