Minuit’s new album all set to be the sound for summer
IT HAS BEEN three years since popular synth band Minuit‘s last release, and this one comes just in time for summer road trips and fun at the beach.
It will be out on 21 December followed by the official release show the night after, to be held at the Dux Deluxe in Christchurch.
Based in Wellington, this three-piece band, Ruth Carr (above), vocals, Ryan Beehve, machines, and Paul Dodge, machines, have been playing together for more than a decade.
Time spent in Rarotonga inspired many of the ideas for the songs on this album.
“Ruth was working in a scuba dive shop there. She had a dictaphone and was recording heaps of ideas. So in the background it will sometimes have the rain on the roof, or there’s one on the back of a motor bike, which you can just hear,” says Dodge.
While Carr was away, she exchanged her building skills for the chance to work on getting her scuba diving grades.
“I always wanted to learn to scuba dive and so I just emailed some places, to see if I could work for free and learn some stuff,” she says.
Dodge says this album still has the Minuit sound, but is more scaled back.
“I think it might surprise people. I find it really crisp and percussive. And songs really jump out,” he says.
The island theme continues with the use of Pacific island style beats, along with the vocals of some kids from an orphanage in Haiti that Dodge visited while helping there after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Dodge says that as well as the ideas of island adventures coming through in the album it also touches on the extremes of what it is to be human.
“So it’s got the Warheads song, that’s quite full on, where it has the line ‘I think of you my darling when the warheads start to fall’,” he says, “then, on the other hand, you have the song about the coconut trees and white sandy beaches.”
Carr joins in. “But that is all life. That is the world I like. There’s joy and terror in exactly the same moment. “That’s why it can be so confusing to be a human.”
A summer tour is planned for coastal areas up north, including Raglan and Mount Maunganui. They will also be playing at Homegrown music festival in Wellington in March.
The album is available in digital form as well as on CD, and for something a bit special, it is being released on vinyl as well.