Alt-folk rocker Steve Abel started playing the guitar at 15, before progressing to writing his own songs. In 2006 he wowed critics with his debut album Little Death. It featured a host of Kiwi talent — including Goldenhorse's Kirsten Morell on ‘Duet (Lonely I Be)' — and was named 2006 Album of the Year at alternative music awards the Alternatuis. Teaming up with his band the Chrysalids, Abel's 2008 album Flax Happy was also well received; one laconic Kiwi reviewer described it as "Wonderful. Actually, beyond wonderful." Third album Luck/Hope, released in 2016, was recorded over a six year period.