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Albinobeach Live Review Tonys

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

After a long wait, out of nowhere, I recieved an invitation in my inbox from Albinobeach.

I first discovered this band at a show at Carfax sometime last year, I was amazed at the power and beauty that this trio unleashed on the audience that night. Then poof! the band seemed to disappear as soon as they where beginning to make waves. I thought they had broken up, yet another casualty of our difficult music industry
Thankfully I was mistaken, the band just took a break to do some new stuff.

As soon as i arrived the band started, for those who dont know, Albinobeach are instrumental. There was no doubt in my mind from the opening notes that we were in for an interesting ride, the spine chilling sounds that the guitarist began weaving through his instrument had everybody fixated to the stage, the band joined and we were off.

The band began gently with a strange eastern guitar driven piece accompanied by simple old fashioned visuals of some kind of light experiment, the song ebbed and flowed emersing you in its watery layered textures before subtly building into a frienzied barrage of intricate progressive rock. To be honest with you the rest of the performance was a blur, this band manages to put you on their level whether you want to be or not. Im not sure if the band even know where they are half the time, enjoying the experience more as a spectator than a performer. The drummer never opens his eyes, its like he’s gone, floating in the music, we all felt the same.

Its difficult to categorise this band, I suppose you could call them post rock, of which im a huge fan, but it goes deeper than that, they seemed to have transcended many musical barriers and even genres that can’t be defined. You need an open mind to enjoy this band or let me rephrase that, the door to your mind needs to be left just a little open, Albinobeach will do the rest.

I felt dizzy and exhausted after the show, they were very loud, but it worked, I didnt want to hear anything more once they were done.

Having not heard a lot of their old material, I cant compare the new stuff to the old, what ever it was that I saw and heard on saturday it will stay with me for a long time. For those of you who like me had heard a lot of rumors as to the musical genius that is Albinobeach, it has to be seen to be believed…Lets hope they don’t go disappearing again, this country needs music like this.


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Exploded Views: New Holland – A Rising Star

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It’s a Thursday evening and I find myself in the company of the crème de la crème of the music scene. The venue lights are dimmed, people are chatting along with a glass of wine in the one hand and a cigarette in the other; the normal thing one does at an elegant, sophisticated VIP album launch of one of Bellville’s hottest acts. However, one thing was different: This launch was held at the House of Rasputin and contained sensual naked female forms dancing as part of the evening’s entertainment – New Holland sure likes to do things differently.

Having been huge fan of their first album, 01, I eagerly awaited the second. Hearing the first single “Something To Believe In” on the radio from their latest release – EXPLODED VIEWS, I loved it and the development in talent and musical abilities were evident.

But upon listening to the whole album, I was a bit cautious. Whilst retaining the core of their signature sound, there are apparent deviations in the sound and music from this album and that of their first album. While there is no doubt in my mind that New Holland will definitely gain more than a few new fans with their different sound, I can not disregard the fact that the same new sound may have distanced some of the old fans.

The album starts of with an energetic song in true New Holland-style, namely “Freedom”. Vocalist TeeJay Terblanche creates a nostalgic frame of mind in songs such as “In Silence”, “Thank you, Gautama” and “Hurricane”, whilst “Little Less Lonely” has a notably faster pace. “This(is)home” and “21” can be seen as some of the songs which clearly illustrates the new direction in which New Holland is moving with regards to the development of their flexibility as artists.

New Holland also takes their packaging to the next level – the nebula theme of the album certainly emphasis the fact that New Holland is one of the rising young stars in the SA music scene. The booklet consists of loose pages so that you can choose your own personal cover for your album and also reflects the versatility of New Holland’s music.

Although a nebula can also be linked to a dying star, New Holland’s star is undoubtedly not anywhere remotely near dying and they will continue to shine.

Rating: 8/10

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