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Manzo - Album Review: Ultramarine

07 Feb 2016 // A review by camy3rs

Manzo is the musical brainchild of Wellington based visual artist Alan Hodgetts and Ultramarine is the project’s first album, a conceptual exploration of a futuristic dystopia.

The overall sound reads like a mash up of War of The Worlds and Daft Punks soundtrack for Tron; Legacy. It’s odd and contrasting, with some really enthralling aspects, but ultimately does not quite set its assumedly intended time-frame well, as the production and sound effects are quite dated – sounding more like an 80’s interpretation of future sound.

There are some definite timing issues with the vocals (especially apparent in the third piece Alive) and the use of robotic vocoder based overdubs becomes tedious and much less effective as the collection progresses.

It’s hard to get a real feel for the world Manzo is trying to create, there are definitely links throughout, but many of the lyrics or statements involved in a piece are conflicting with the assumed theme s– a good reflection of todays media.

Ultramarine feels like the bare bones version of a project that could have been a lot bigger or more fully realised, not to say that this could not still be the case. Some of the songs feel overly long and could definitely be condensed and whilst

Positive Energy is my favourite piece of the collection, it feels misplaced in the track organisation.

 

About Manzo

Manzo is the musical alias of outsider artist, Alan Hodgetts. Alan has never been shy about experimenting, using any medium or channel to communicate his ideas. Music gives him a popular platform to share his observations and social commentary, whilst providing greater opportunity for collaboration.

Originally signed to the Southern Collective label. Manzo is now a self releasing artist under his own label Manzo Music a member of the Music managers Forum NZ & Independent Music NZ.

Manzo will shortly be announcing the release date of his third studio album Attachment. It’s been a relentless, year-long project, culminating in an 11 track album, with a 4 track companion EP Beatniks on Toast.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Manzo

Releases

Attachment
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Beatniks On Toast
Year: 2019
Type: EP
Outsider
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Ultramarine
Year: 2016
Type: Album

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