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John White — Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts (October 7, 2016)

John White — Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts (October 7, 2016)

 John White — Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts (October 7, 2016)John White — Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts (October 7, 2016)|   Originally from Dunedin, John White has played in bands such as Mestar, The Zoo Polluters and Sunsets on Acid. In the last few years John has been involved in several cultural exchanges, including an extensive European tour with avant~noise~pop Cloudboy, providing live soundtracks to archival New Zealand footage and a trip to South Korea with Wellington noise band Amalgam to perform a special performance in a Buddhist Monastery.
|   As a follow up to his solo outings Balloon Adventure (2000) and Mogwash (2003), his new album The Inkadies might be described as the third instalment of tales from a delicate otherland where little creatures called Inkadies come to save the day.
|   The album was recorded in Madison, Wisconsin by friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Tom Hanson. Gathering guest musician’s from Madison’s lush music scene, the album boasts chiming harmonies and dripping Synth accompaniments.
Location: Dunedin ~ Wellington, New Zealand
Album release: October 7, 2016
Record Label: Monkey Records
Genre: Folk, Indie Singer~Songwriter
Duration:     24:46
Tracks:
01. Henry Green     4:41
02. Sally     3:09
03. Batholemule Brixton     2:26
04. Noneoir     2:20
05. Far Away     2:22
06. Lexaloffle     2:37
07. Farewell Song     1:40
08. Captain Sebodka     1:33
09. Upon the Shore     2:00
10. Whisky and Beer     1:59
Credits:
|   All songs by John White.
|   Vocals, guitar, viola, piano and percussion by John White.
|   Cello by Dave Sills.
|   Additional violin on Whisky and Beer by Thom Geigenschrey.
|   Recorded, mixed and mastered by Nigel Braddock.
|   Produced by Nigel Braddock and John White.
Description 1:
|   Dream~pop folk artist John White released his long overdue third solo album, “Inkadies” on Monkey Records. As a follow up to “Balloon Adventure”(2000) and “Mogwash”(2003), “The Inkadies” might be described as the third instalment of tales from a delicate otherland where little creatures called Inkadies come to save the day.
|   The album was recorded in Madison, Wisconsin by friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Tom Hanson. Gathering guest musicians from Madison’s lush music scene, the album boasts chiming harmonies and dripping Synth accompaniments underneath John’s dreamily relaxed vocals and gently strummed acoustic guitar.
|   John White is also the frontman for seminal Dunedin fuzz~pop band Mëstar and toured extensively with now defunct avante~popsters Cloudboy.
Description 2:
|   “Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts” by dream pop artist, John White. is the fourth solo departure since 2000 for the Dunedin~based singer from his heavy popgaze bands Mëstar and the Blueness.
|   To listen to a John White album is to succumb to a dream world, both in terms of the fantastical themes and the ethereal textures he uses, and “Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts” is no exception. Under a soundbed of lush string arrangements and gently strummed guitars, John’s softly delivered and ever so sweet vocal harmonies beguile and at times thrill. Alternating with the exquisite chamber folk arrangements of the title track and others such as Batholemule Brixton and Noneoir, are more trad. influenced songs such as Whisky and Beer and Sally, the latter about the heartbreak and isolation of those sailing to New Zealand from the UK in the late 1800s. “Farewell Song” is written for a musician friend who passed away suddenly during the making of the album.
|   Several of the songs have a nautical theme, with characters overlapping in the stories. The story of Henry Green is about an imaginary island sinking into the rising ocean. The Tuliarts who have lived there peacefully for thousands of years are colonized by greedy pirates but ultimately saved by Henry. Another sailor who Henry Green later joined forces with, is Captain Sabotka, named after a young family member of John’s. The stories of Captain Sabotka came about as made up bed~time stories involving a magic wizard crab whose magic only works when Sabotka’s eyes are closed (a trick for getting him to sleep). Before each story, John would sing the theme song to introduce the story in the same notion as Postman Pat or Thomas the Tank Engine, resulting in the album version.
|   Many other magical creatures appear on the album: banshees, lady elves and lexaloffles to name a few. It should come as no surprise that John also designs retro style video games and has a knack for inventing fantastical worlds and creatures. The brightly coloued eyecatching cover of the album is also drawn by John.
|   “Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts” was recorded and produced in Berlin by Monkey label boss Nigel Braddock in the summer of 2014 with a few overdubs added in August 2016 in Dunedin and Berlin. On the album, John plays viola, guitar, piano, percussion and a whisky bottle with special guest David Sills (Charity Children) featuring on cello.
A REVIEW BY RIA LOVEDER
|   I had read a few articles about John White’s new album Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts describing it as a listening experience where you succumb to a dream world. This statement I can agree to be very accurate, this album is one filled with ethereal qualities and wondrous themes taking you on a magical journey. With soundbeds of delicately soft strings and graceful guitars layered with John’s soft voice this album is one that is soothing to the ears.
|   What I love about this album is that it is unapologetically New Zealand, it talks about New Zealand places and you can tell that White loves this country and is proud to be a Kiwi. My only critique is that I wished there was more variance in the songs, as I occasionally found them sounding similar.
|   Something that also really interested me about this album is its storyline quality, with characters from some of the songs overlapping in the stories. The story of Henry Green is about an imaginary island sinking into the rising ocean. The Tuliarts who have lived there peacefully for many many years are colonized by greedy pirates but saved by Henry. The stories carry on involving a magic wizard crab, banshees and elves. This form of album setup seems to be an art form that isn’t used very often and has seemed to be forgotten but when it is used it creates a dynamic piece of art that doesn’t conform to the mainstream area of music.
|   This is a beautiful album and you can tell John has put his heart and soul into this and the world of Henry Green, even the artwork is created by him, which adds another element of dedication and love. If you are looking whimsical and fantastical themed album, this is the one for you. |   http://www.muzic.net.nz/
Bandcamp: https://monkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/
Label: http://monkeyrecords.com/artist/john-white/
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John White — Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts (October 7, 2016)

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