Former Straitjacket Fits rocker Shayne Carter reinvented himself in 2001 with his debut album under the Dimmer moniker. The moody, electronic beat-infused styles of I Believe You Are A Star won acclaim; The NZ Herald named it album of the year. An evolving line-up joined Carter across another three albums, which expanded Dimmer's dark, sinuous sound to include hints of soul and lashings of loud guitar. You've Got To Hear The Music was released in 2004, winning two NZ Music Awards. There My Dear followed in 2006, and Degrees Of Existence in 2009, which Graham Reid praised as a "keeper of depth and intensity".

Come Here

2004 - Music video

At least 3080 Polaroid photographs appear to have been taken for this piece of animated cleverness, which was created by Kelvin Soh and Simon Oosterdijk from Auckland design company The Wilderness. The clip offers viewers a stuttery cavalcade of beautiful faces, including guest vocalist Anika Moa. The series of scrawled numbers visible below the photos give a viewers an effective lesson in how animation — and filmmaking — is ultimately a series of still images, laid in a row. 'Come Here' comes from Dimmer's second album, You've Got to Hear the Music (2004).


2001 - Music video

Moody, minimalistic and monochromatic, this animated clip matches the relentless forward motion of the song to images of a train moving across a landscape. Birds fly — as so do some of the lyrics — and the surroundings grow more Daliesque. Seed was one of three Dimmer videos directed by animator and sometime Dimmer drummer Gary Sullivan. Band founder Shayne Carter (Straitjacket Fits) complimented Sullivan's "straight on down the line" railway imagery for how ably it suited the song; it appeared on Dimmer's long-in-gestation debut album I Believe You Are a Star.


1999 - Music video

Drawing from Dimmer's debut album I Believe You are a Star, this early video effortlessly channels the minimalist cool that would be a Dimmer trademark. The set is dark, dominated by a red-lit 'Dimmer' sign likely inspired by one showcased in Elvis' iconic 1968 comeback special. The vocals are provided by four males in white suits — including a pint-sized version of Dimmer founder Shayne Carter, and, briefly, his late father. The first, long in gestation Dimmer album signalled a new stage in Carter's career, with sparse grooves dominating over guitars.