Following the 2010 breakup of ecstatic New Zealand-via-Portland art punks the Mint Chicks
, former lead singer Kody Nielson launched Opossom as a vehicle for his solo compositions.
While still playing drums in his brother (and also former Mint Chicks
member) Ruban Nielson's band Unknown Mortal Orchestra
, Kody set about writing, producing, performing, and recording an album's worth of new material more darkly moody and lounge-leaning than his former work. During the formation of his new solo endeavor, Nielson was also working as a collaborator and backup musician for onetime major-label pop star Bic Runga
, and when the time came for Opossom to transition from bedroom project to live band, he enlisted Runga
as vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and rounded out the live band with former Mint Chicks
member Michael Logie on bass. The group's debut LP, Electric Hawaii, saw release first on Dark Summer Records/CRS Records in April of 2012, but soon saw re-release on Fire Records in August of the same year. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi