Kourawhero Hall sits hidden in the shadow of the Kaipara Flats and Dome Forest, tucked off an ambling string of wineries and scenic reserves winding up from Auckland City. Five years ago, Dave Baxter, a frustrated player-for-hire took to the wild, bedding down in the building to record what would become Our New Life Above the Ground.
The rest is neo-folklore. The album, with its ready-for-summer anthem Love, Love, Love propelled Baxter’s musical moniker Avalanche City into radio mainstay. While he spent two years travelling the world, Love, Love, Love was being awarded Song of the Year, and Most Performed Work back home in New Zealand.
Now, on the eve of his anticipated sophomore release, Baxter is pining for the wild places again.
The songwriter spent unhurried months in his home studio, a leafy backyard room affectionately named The Treehouse. He surrounded himself with a cadre of old instruments and invented the familiar, yet evolved songs that would become We Are For The Wild Places.