Garden of Light
(Rough Peel Records)
Collectively speaking, The Mantarays is a venture between long-serving and well-respected Wellington musicians Nigel Patterson (organ), Anthony Donaldson (drums) and Daniel Beban (guitar). Known, respectively, for playing in reggae/funk, jazz and experimental music ensembles, in this configuration they fold together New Orleans funk, traditional Latin rhythms and melodies, and psychedelic American soul of the late 1960s.
Rendering their intersection in cinematic instrumental forms, on Garden of Light they guide the listener on a surreal journey though exotica-tinged arrangements, surf-rock guitar riffs, naturalistic field recordings and celestial jazz structures.
All wonderful musicians in their own right, The Mantarays have, in Garden of Light, created a captivating collective mind-meld between players: part to part, song to song, the overall movement is perfectly poised. Available in vinyl, CD and MP3 formats, Garden of Light is an album to treasure.
Beneath the Weissenborn
(Thomas Oliver Music)
For those unfamiliar with the name, Weissenborn is a brand of lap slide guitar manufactured in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s. Beyond that, in contemporary times it is also a shorthand term for the most common form of lap slide guitar.
Give the remarkable harmonic possibilities of this instrument, it is an interesting tool that Wellington’s Thomas Oliver has used to create his new solo album, Beneath the Weissenborn.
Stepping away from the stadium-sized blues rock of his band project, The Thomas Oliver Band, Oliver hones in, crafting detailed, emotionally expressive compositions whose lap slide notes and chords become tangible resonant feelings.
While there is a good chance you’ve probably already heard his mercurial rearrangement of the Jurassic Park theme song (200,000 or so hits on YouTube), the other nine songs on Beneath the Weissenborn flicker and twist with equally reflective flames. Just don’t stare into the fire for too long; you might lose yourself gazing into its light.[info]
October Live Music Recommendations
On Thursday 3 October, esteemed Auckland singer/songwriter Tama Waipara plays at Puppies. One day later, British punk legends UK Subs play San Francisco Bath House as part of their final world tour. The same night, acclaimed Auckland hip hop artist David Dallas plays at Bodega. On Friday 11 October, Cover Gurls and A Low Hum present Mousekteers at Puppies. On Saturday 12 October, The Ten Tenors bring their Mum’s the Word show to St James Theatre, performing all of the most requested songs from their catalogue. On Sunday 20 October, An Evening at the Opera introduces you to the world of opera at Te Papa. Shortly after, on Tuesday 22 October at the Opera House, acclaimed jazz musician Hank Marvin (of Cliff Richard’s The Shadows) and his band give us a primer on the roots of gypsy jazz music. The same night, American noise rock duo Lighting Bolt play the second of two consecutive shows at Puppies.[/info]