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MANINKARI - L'Ocan Rve dans sa Loisivet

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Three:Four Records TFR025
Release Year: 2014
Note: it seems the two French twin brothers can only get better and better with every release - their newest album is based on the theme "ocean", reflecting the subconscious, the oriental harmonic influence is strong and merges with repetitive drones, all acoustic; using bodhran, cymbalon, santoor, zurna, percussion... "the combination of repetition and oriental tones create a heady sound continuum providing the 10 nameless tracks with a mantra-like resonance"
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"Around the theme of the ocean symbolising the subconscious, the hidden world and a very personal concept of "loisivet" a combintion of idleness "oisivet" and law "loi", Maninkari continues exploring a weird and dreamlike world.

As usual, the Charlot brothers resort almost exclusively to the use of acoustic instruments with oriental origins (bodhran, cymbalom, santoor, zurna).

Percussion instruments especially the bodhran play melodic or textural figures, whereas stringed instruments become repetitive to a point where they embody the rythmics.

The combination of repetition and oriental tones create a heady sound continuum providing the 10 nameless tracks with a mantra-like resonance. A short breathing in the middle of the album with an organ and birdsong is the only quiet moment of this tormented (but without violence), and meditative (but without bliss) record.

The permanent state of tension recalls the rigours of law and repetition provides the calm alternative of idleness "l'oisivet". The ocean offers all of it's grandeur to this introspective journey." [label info]

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"The two brothers Charlot who call them selves Maninkari have been reviewed a couple of time before in these pages and their music is always build around percussion, but not solely consisting thereof. I must admit I didn't quite get the wordplay in the title: "around the theme of the ocean symbolising the subconscious, the hidden world and a very personal concept of 'loisivete' a combination of idleness 'oisivete' and law 'loi', Maninkari continues exploring a weird and dreamlike world", I read in the press text. This duo has recorded a few soundtracks, but this works stands by itself. Manikari uses a variety of percussion instruments of oriental origin such as the bodhran, cymbalom, santoor and zuma, but also stringed instruments played in a percussive way. That's something that creates overtones, which accounts for the humming textures. I am not entirely sure what is played live here and what is added by way of editing and post-processing. There is surely a bit of reverb added to create more drama and more moods, or perhaps this was recording in a more empty, open space. There is a tribal aspect to their music, but Maninkari doesn't force this upon the listener. There aren't any signs of sigils and Crowley quotes. The music of Maninkari reminds me of Rapoon, Muslimgauze (less political of course), but also Desaccord Majeur, to give a French point of reference. I thought it was a bit odd Maninkari doesn't use any titles for their pieces, but perhaps I liked that. No reference which clears your head and think of titles yourself for these dark sound scapes. It is surely another fine addition to their already impressive catalogue of works." [FdW/Vital Weekly]