Album release tour
Andre Manella, aka Sonic Delusion, returns to the Dark Room on Friday
The occasion is the release of his fourth album This Material World, which entered the official New Zealand album charts at No.14 and the indie charts at No.4.
Manella, a regular visitor to Palmerston North, describes it as ‘‘bright, upbeat, a bit tongue-incheek, and bursting with more funk than folk can handle’’.
Those who went to Esplanade Daymay recall his high energy experimental, upbeat, funky folk style.
In 2015 Manella played New Year in The Square, and also turned up to performfor what was the Te Manawa Concert Series.
Sonic Delusion’s previous album, 2015’sWithout Warning was also launched in the Dark Room, and the music ended up having its own beer.
Manella had approached Taranaki’s Mike’s Brewery about the possibility of creating a ‘‘liquid interpretation’’ of his music. Its brewers took up the challenge of creating a beer to accompany the album.
The full-bodied Without Warning India Red Ale made it possible for audiences to see, hear, feel and taste the music simultaneously.
The beer picked up awards, while the ‘‘liquid album’’ made it to No.2 in the NZ indie album charts.
Looping, and on the new album the addition of some serious synth and guitar, had always been the mainstay of Manella’s music, but he began as a classically trained cellist, an instrument he played for 20 years from age 7.
Manella’s This Material World gig starts at 7.30pm with $20 and $15 tickets from the Centrepoint box office.
Andre Manella performed as Sonic Delusion at Esplanade Day.