Long-standing New Zealand indie Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa has struck a new global and publishing deal with Kobalt.

Mikee Tucker’s Auckland-based company, which was previously with The Orchard, has inked a worldwide physical and distribution pact with AWAL/Kobalt, with the first release being the new album from pioneering NZ ambient/post-rock artist Rhian Sheehan.

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NZ ambient/post-rock artist Rhian Sheehan

At the same time, the company has announced the launch of Loop Publishing, which will be powered by Kobalt’s revolutionary publishing portal. The first act to be signed to the new division is New Zealand reggae act Katchafire.

According to Tucker, the initiatives mark a new chapter of growth for Loop and a renewed focus on the international side of the business.

“The move to Kobalt is really about the global support that we get,” he says. “They do global vinyl distribution, they’ve got PR support in different territories… they are a pretty revolutionary company.”

The first release from Loop/Kobalt certainly has all the right international credentials. A Great Divide is the fifth album from the award-winning Sheehan, whose works encompass film, television, advertising projects, as well as multimedia installations and exhibitions.

Watch Rhian Sheehan’s clip for ‘Lost letters’ below:

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Sheehan is currently on tour in NZ with a new show that features a live string orchestra and visual elements from Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop.