FOLEY return with some of Aotearoa’s best new pop music in ‘TONGUE’ Single taken from forthcoming debut album CROWD PLEASER Foley named Spotify EQUAL AU/NZ ambassador

by the partae

Photo by: Frances Carter

Continuing to blaze their own trail as Aotearoa pop music enjoys well-deserved focus and attention from outside of the island, pop duo Foley add to the momentum with the release of new single, ‘TONGUE’.Following on from the release of their Crowd Pleaser, Pt. 1 collection of songs, that include the likes of ‘Smooth It Over’, ‘Killing Me Babe’ and ‘Nothing’; as well as their most recent single, ‘On The Rocks’, this new cut from Foley demands your attention for the jump.

It then wastes no time in pulling the listener into its rich and textured realm of pop sounds, bolstered by the addictive vocals of Ash Wallace. Between Wallace and bandmate Gabe Everett, the multi-instrumentalists and songwriters are the perfect creative partners.

Harnessing an innate ability to read each other’s energy and elevate each other on the track and in studio, Foley have conjured a creative formula that has turned them from buzz artists, into ones pop fans and industry are advised to keep a keen eye on as 2023 continues to roll out.

Most recently, Foley have been named as the latest ambassador for Spotify’s EQUAL AU/NZ branded playlist for May; official digital billboards launched, featuring Foley, in Times Square.

Consistently working on their craft together since 2017, the Foley appeal has netted the duo widespread acclaim in Aotearoa. With over 10.8 million worldwide streams, with 2 million listeners attributed to Spotify alone; Foley’s impact has been established, well and truly.

Cutting their teeth on large stages supporting the likes of Remi WolfTove LoBENEETwo Door Cinema ClubFlight Facilities and more, Foley haven’t rested on their laurels.

Taking these formative experiences, as well as lauded nominations for Aotearoa Music Awards and the respected APRA Silver Scroll Award, Foley channel confidence in their work into each new project.

The band has received 5x Top #10 tracks on the New Zealand pop charts, while their debut EP cracked the Top #10 on the New Zealand album chart. And now, since inking a new deal with Nettwerk, Wallace and Everett’s global expansion has been given added fuel.

“We’re so incredibly excited about the imminent release of our DEBUT ALBUM Crowd Pleaser!!! This album is a culmination of 2 years of writing and experimentation, chats between friends, and unpacking the corners of our lives and experiences in music. 

The world we’ve been building musically and visually, has been such a pleasure to inhabit and bring fans into;  it’s only going to get bigger and better from here. We’re planning festival runs and more live shows, and a few other tricks up our sleeve for the final album drop. Can’t wait!” FOLEY

Described as a playful take on surface level relationships, ‘Tongue’ saw Foley team up with long-time collaborator Josh Fountain (BENEE, Ruel) to lay the track down during the recording of Crowd Pleaser – the band’s debut album, released in two halves.

The way ‘Tongue’ positions itself within the wider Foley team indicates that the second half of the Crowd Pleaser project is going to highlight the band’s versatility as genre-bucking songwriters, as well as their immersive, fun nature.

“‘Tongue’ is a playful take on surface level relationships – where we love the idea of someone but can’t trust them when it comes down to it. You can’t put your finger on what doesn’t feel right, and you get caught up in the allure of the unknown.”  FOLEY

The track spotlights the creative dynamic between Wallace and Everett, and their clear shared love for groove and fun pop arrangements. The energy never dips on ‘Tongue’ – a common throughline of Foley’s music – but here, it is presented and delivered through a fresh lens.

Single Artwork by: Aitken Hawkins


“Foley are the kind of band that leave you feeling like you’re suspended in space. Their lush melodies and dense soundscapes are delivered with precision and charm.” 
Happy Magazine“The infectious melody of their new hit “Coffee” takes listeners on a joyride of upbeat bliss, while the lyrics explore the serious struggle of feeling exhausted and struggling to do better.”
Rolling Stone AU/NZ“…has the makings of a quintessential pop ballad laced with glossy backdrops, and earworm melodies to match.”

“This is the first half of their debut album, and it’s interwoven with addictively catchy, heartfelt, and electrifying pop anthems.”
Unclear Magazine (Crowd Pleaser, Pt. 1)

“Foley have always focused on pure, unadulterated pop but across the five tracks …they transform their sound into an electrifying mix of 1980s-inspired synthpop and electronica.”
Women In Pop

“Foley is the artist you play when you want to dance.”
Indie Band Guru


Tickets and information via

Friday 9 June Meow Wellington
Saturday 10 June Galatos Auckland

‘TONGUE’ is out now.
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