||Sea Lion CD (2007) |
James Dansey music CDs For his band's second studio outing, band leader Ryan McPhun hiked around Africa, Thailand, and his native New Zealand with a cheap tape recorder. McPhun morphed the sounds he captured--natural-world percolations, monastic chants, aboriginal folk--into a modern acid-pop masterpiece via layered overdubs and beautiful Animal Collective-esque harmonies. McPhun may have started with an ethnomusicology project, but he wound up reinvigorating psych-world music, a genre that hasn't been this entrancing since the `60s output of Os Mutantes. Terrific.
Recording information: Rose Gardens, Lyttleton, New Zealand (06/2005-07/2007).
Photographers: Lindsay Scott; Brian Mcphun; Ryan McPhun; John Galvin.
The Ruby Suns: Mark Stebben, Amee Robinson, Ryan McPhun (vocals); James Milne, Harry Cundy, Imogen Taylor, Olivia Kember, Edward Castelow, Gareth Shute, James Dansey.
Personnel: Imogen Taylor (vocals, flute); Harry Cundy (vocals, trumpet); James M. Gareth (vocals); Tomasin Taylor (violin); Imogen Taylor (flute); Kate Whelan (double bass); Gus Franklin, Heather Mansfield, Lauren ...