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A Colourful Storm

Released: 12.07.21







New Zealander Maxine Funke recorded her fourth album on a reel-to-reel tape machine late at night, when the noises of Dunedin had finally subsided. Seance is a collection of seven translucent, fluttering songs. Somehow Funke’s home-made melodies sound fuller in the dark, when the fragile languor of her voice and her evaporated finger-picking begin to fill the whole space. Somewhere the ghost of Nick Drake is smiling.

What I like best, perhaps, is the perfect relaxation of Funke’s voice. In Moody Relish she speaks and hums rather than sings. We hear the sound of water dripping, the secret music of grass growing, a distant metronome sternly ticking. Yet there is no hurry, no particular place to be: we have all the time in the world.


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