THE RUBY SUNS

Sealion Mem­phis In­dus­tries

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - SINÉAD GLEE­SON

A song prais­ing your home coun­try’s old­est tree is, let’s face it, un­usual, es­pe­cially when it’s in Maori. But Tane Mahuta crams in big brass, tribal beats and fla­menco gui­tars. The re­sult will have you think­ing of hip-jig­gling grass-skirts. This is just one off­beat cog in an album that re­sists cat­e­gori­sa­tion. The New Zealand trio have amassed record col­lec­tions and ge­o­graph­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences that fil­ter into an album of sound ex­per­i­ments: a dol­lop of crowd noise here, a pinch of am­pli­fier some­one for­got to turn off there. From Beach Boys vo­cal slants and shoe-gaz­ing drones to Poly­ne­sian folk and African rhythms, it’s by turns hyp­notic and catchy. Oh, Mo­jave is all foot stamps and dervish rhythms, while Ole Rinka fires up prog-synths with twin­kling glock­en­spiels. World mu­sic if it had been used on a 1950s film sound­track (South Pa­cific maybe?) www.mem­phis-in­dus­tries. com/ Down­load tracks: Blue Pen­guin, Tane Mahuta, Oh Mo­jave

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