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Top Gear

by Stef Animal

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    By popular demand here's a very Limited Edition (only 200 pressed) 12" vinyl version of "Top Gear" in a full colour sleeve with updated artwork and inner, audio re-mastered for vinyl by Tom Bell (Port Chalmers Recording Service).
    If you want to get the LP + The CD just add $10 to your payment and a note to say you want the CD too.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Top Gear via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days
    edition of 200 

      $37.50 NZD or more 


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The only way to present an album celebrating the obsolete computer technology of the 80s is the futuristic digital time capsule of the Compact Disc. Stef Animal’ s “Top Gear” reclaims the future as imagined 30 years ago. The CD is in a heavy card gatefold sleeve with inner sleeve.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Top Gear via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days

      $16.50 NZD or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $10 NZD  or more




Stef Animal (The Golden Awesome) presents her debut solo release “Top Gear” again – now on limited edition LP for the first time since the album’s 2018 release.

“Top Gear” is a paean to obsolete, entry-level, mostly 1980s synth, computer and electronic music technology. It’s a concept album of fifteen compositions, each conceived and recorded in one session. Each track was made using a different piece of obsolete or unfashionable music equipment, and the result is a collection of lo-fi epic miniatures.

Even if you didn’t grow up with Atari video games, have no idea what Acorn and Commodore computers are or what acronyms like PCM and MIDI mean, you’ll still find the intricate universe of sound represented on “Top Gear” to be full of adventure, wonder, human emotion and melancholic weight.

But there’s a playfulness here too. Not only in the “Top Gear” title, but also in the way an electronic duck caller is hacked to produce a track, and childrens’ Casio keyboards and entry-level MIDI synth modules are used to deliver dark, sophisticated progressive experimental dream-pop mini-symphonies.

At the time of the technology used on “Top Gear”, Compact Disc technology was being hailed by classic rock musicians as the future of audio formats. However there’s something intangible and magic about the way those analog microgrooves cut into a spiral groove on vinyl transform the sound into something warm and even more wonderful.

“Pure and immense nostalgia” - debaser (Italy)

“A leading example of Oceanic Vaporwave” - Bandcamp Daily

“So damn good” - Ryan McPhun

“Emotionally affecting…achingly pretty” - Chris Holme

"A journey through electronic dream-pop and lo-tech cinematic synthscape” - UnderTheRadar NZ

“Gen-X catnip” - Radioactive.FM

“Creepy and soothing, calm and disjointed, measured and wild” - Blog on the Tracks

“Like the soundtrack of a forgotten childhood console game” - Wellington City Libraries

“A superbly executed concept album…an exercise in life-affirming wonderment” - NZ Musician

"A glorious collision of fantasy game soundtrack and Enya-style baroque ambience” - Electronic North

“Cinematic…ambient…playful. A unique sonic adventure!” - When You Motor Away

“Beautifully intriguing” - Dudley Benson

“Top Gear is genius and you should all listen to it” - Brannavan Gnanalingam

“An adventure through digital kingdoms of pulse-code modulated wonder” Otago Daily Times

“A really great album” - Karyn Hay


released February 7, 2018

Written & recorded by Stef Animal in Wellington and Dunedin
(c) & (p) Stef Animal
Re-mastered for LP release 2022 by Tom Bell, Port Chalmers Recording Services


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