L'océan rêve dans sa loisiveté is the new album from the french duo Maninkari. As usual, it is very well produced, using mainly exotic acoustic instruments (bodhran, cymbalom, viol, santoor, cello, zurna) but also cello, drums, organ and some field recordings.
The perfect match between Terry Riley, Moondog, Faust and France. Maninkari is, in our opinion, one of the most underrated band.
It's now available in CD (sorry for the LP lovers, the album is more than 50 minutes long) HERE
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) in Vital Weekly
Around the theme of the ocean symbolising the subconscious, the hidden world and a very personal concept of "loisiveté" a combintion of idleness "oisiveté" 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'oisiveté". The ocean offers all of it's grandeur to this introspective journey. (2014-12-14)
L'océan rêve dans sa loisiveté will be out on nov. 25.
Norberto Lobo and Filipe Felizardo are touring together this november. Don't miss these two amazing guitarists from Lisbon!
Le Bourg - Lausanne (CH) more infos
Cave12 - Geneva (CH) more infos
Aux Bons Sauvages - Lyon (FR) more infos
show in appartment, Paris (FR) more infos