Released today in full, one of New Zealand’s most compelling voices of modern soul TEEKS (Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi) shares his long-awaited debut album ‘Something To Feel’ via Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand. To mark this special milestone, TEEKS is proud to announce a very special, six date album tour, seeing the celebrated Māori artist perform in some of New Zealand’s greatest concert venues of all time. Following last year’s ‘The Invitation Tour’ which sold out in under 7 days, this is TEEKS in full force, backed by full band and string quartet in a headlining tour that is not to be missed!!
WHEN AND WHERE
June 4th – Municipal Theatre, Napier
June 5th – The Civic, Auckland
June 11th – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
June 12th – Opera House, Whanganui
June 18th – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
June 19th – Regent Theatre, Dunedin
Written and produced by TEEKS with acclaimed Producer and Engineer Simon Gooding, ‘Something To Feel’ is deliberate and bold in its purpose. Walking into an instrospective period of his life, TEEKS found relief in surrendering to emotion, rejecting the colonised ideals of ‘masculinity’, while embracing the duality of Te Ao Māori, the worldview of his indigenous people. The result; a raw and confronting work of art.
Unveiled in 12 elegant songs about love, self-knowledge and emotional vulnerability, TEEKS delivers an album that points to the ways forward, proving there is a way to step up and out of the past, leaving hurt behind, and embracing something new.
The album’s first single ‘Without You’ set off the waves for what unfolded over the next six months. The single was quickly followed by the release of ‘I’ in the middle of a lockdown, offering some emotional comfort in a time of uprooted living. This was followed up by ‘II’ and a very special tour announcement. Giving audiences in select New Zealand towns the chance to experience ‘Something To Feel’ up close and personally before release, TEEKS hit the road late last year. The tour sold out in an unprecedented 7 days. Backed by the acclaimed Black Quartet, TEEKS performed in beautiful, historic venues from the Far North to the Deep South.
Before long, TEEKS revealed his greatest love song to date, ‘Remember Me’. Between the bars of this soaring, expansive anthem, he bleeds emotional vulnerability in a bold statement of modern masculinity. Watch the music video here, in which TEEKS made his directional debut, working alongside Director Ray Edwards and Producer Mia Henry-Teirney.
Arriving at a crucial time, ‘Something To Feel’ is an album of deep emotion, showcasing the artist’s connection to family, heritage and his home country through the lens of Te Ao Māori. Cast from the most isolated corner of the earth – a private universe away – TEEKS shares a songbook destined to connect the world.