maninkari is an instrumental duet combining improvisation and original composition, with a hint on ambient, gloomy, minimalist, jazz, rock and surreal sounds. Their music delivers instrumental organic layers made of ancestral, dark and repetitive tunes that blend percussion instruments, viola, cimbalom, keyboards, and samples to reach mysticism at its climax.
Rooted in Bathyscaphe, maninkari also wrote the score for two short-movies: 'Des nuages au bout des doigts' from Simone Massi and 'Call baker' from Dan Salzmann. Doing the soundtrack of 'Phantasmes' by Thomas Pantalacci is their third collaboration with the cinematographic world.
Le Diable avec ses Chevaux (Conspiracy, 2007)
Art des Poussières (Conspiracy, 2008)
Un Souffle de Voix (Neuropa, 2009)
The Half Forgotten Relic of a Dream (three:four, 2011)
Continuum Sonore (Basses Fréquences, 2012)
Phantasmes (three:four, 2013)
maninkari - The half forgotten relic of a dream
maninkari - Phantasmes
Phantasmes is a 50 minutes experimental movie written and directed by Thomas Pantalacci. “A sensory experience between dream and reality, fantasy and eroticism, awakening and sleep…”
For that purpose, the band Maninkari wrote a two-part - one per side - 39 minutes soundtrack with multiple pieces. (...)
maninkari - L'océan rêve dans sa loisiveté
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". (...)
maninkari - Ruins Of Time
Following Phantasmes, released in 2014, Ruins of Time is a new original motion picture soundtrack of the short film "Ruins of Time" by Mathieu Peteul.
"Ruins of Time" is an experimental short film originating from the film Limbo.
Available on vinyl, the 4 tracks mixes various human voice and strings blending spacey dark drones and strange atmospheres.. . (...)