Brotherly Postlove smash debut EP
June 8, 2018
Postlove is Wellington brothers Curtis and X Factor veteran Fletcher Mills’ R&B/hip hop project.
They’re releasing their debut EP Couples on June 11, following the release of singles The AM and Sake of the Shelf on April 6 and May 18 respectively.
Fletcher had something of a profile through a run on Three’s X Factor in 2013, but the brothers didn’t feel this accurately reflected who Fletcher, or Postlove, were musically.
Fletcher felt “so confident about [the EP], and it’s not that I know that everyone’s gonna love it, but it’s just, like, I know it’s true to what I want to make. In X Factor, most of the time I was doing covers, but also, I was singing songs that I wasn’t really able to choose, and I was dressed up in a different way, and you don’t feel as confident when people are seeing you like that – you want to tell them that’s not actually what you’re like.”
Fletcher said their goal was “to get as many people to listen to it as possible, because [they’ve] put in the work, and honestly think it’s good music.”
The duo wanted their music to be true to themselves with this release. “The difference between the notoriety that we may or may not receive, it will be based on the music, and the authenticity of the product, more so than it was based on quite superficial factors of who Fletcher was at the time. His notoriety came from his looks, and his general distinction from the rest of the contestants, but it wasn’t really about his music,” Curtis said.
Building an audience for the EP has meant an appearance on Radioactive and Jesse Mulligan’s RNZ show on June 7, where they played Choices, Couples’ closing track. On Mulligan’s show, the pair said the EP was so named because it was about “relationships, and ambitions, and this last song’s about a few of the choices we’ve had to make to get to where we want to go.”
The two were “not really fussed if people listen to [their music] and decide it’s not for them,” in Curtis’ words, laying down their belief in the quality of their music.
The EP would be a mixture of singing, rapping, and autotune. The style would vary from their first release, The AM, which was, to Curtis, “the closest to a pop song, a radio type of vibe. The rest of the songs, perhaps, are a bit more introspective and vulnerable.” Fletcher added that he “thinks the EP’s pretty varied. The AM’s an old song that I wrote part of a few years ago, then Curtis just completely recreated. That was the one we thought was the best for people to get a first impression.”
The pair say they think everyone will find something in the EP to empathise with, and summed the EP up in one sentence. “Balancing short term temptations with long term ambitions, and that’s why the last song’s called Choices.”
The pair would also be jetting to Berlin on June 25 to pursue music full time by busking, and a “new project – hopefully an album or another EP of sorts,” Fletcher said.
They would play two shows before they leave, one at MOON 1 on June 22, and a more intimate, private show at a Garret Street flat on June 16.