Al­bum re­lease tour

An­dre Manella, aka Sonic Delu­sion, re­turns to the Dark Room on Fri­day

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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.

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