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TUi MAMAKi - Album Review: Fly

29 Oct 2018 // A review by Jacquie Walters

Tui Mamaki's album Fly is an ancestral crie du coeur inspired by her time spent living in Bulgaria. Tui was born in France and raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand and there is a certain global transcendence to her music. It evokes many cultures with its surprising key shifts, dominated always by Tui's mesmerising vocal intonation.

Tui's rich vocal timbre is evident from the opening track Follow, a song that would make the perfect soundtrack to a slightly unsettling but nevertheless poignant fairy-tale. Delicate percussion contributions from Tunji Beier add a lovely aspect to the entire album, helping to evoke the atmosphere of an intimate candlelit intimate setting after the first heavy fall of snow for the winter. There is a hush and a thrall to the sonic landscape Tui has created here.

Lift Off takes us to a more verdant landscape with intermittent birdsong accompaniment and showcases Tui creating a lovely effect harmonising with herself in lilting lament. It could be easy to think that this is 'simple' music and yet there is great craft in this kind of simplicity and nowhere at all to hide. Its naked power makes it all the more memorable and haunting.

Same Sun is a standout track. Its beautiful lyrics take the listener on a journey that traverses epic myths and the domestic details that unite us all. 

Deeply evocative and contemplative, with ancestral voices calling from just beyond the veil, this is a gorgeous album when approached in the right mood and in the right place and time.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About TUi MAMAKi

Haunting, spirited vocals over hypnotic odd-meter grooves. A meeting of delicacy and power. Original compositions inspired by TUi MAMAKi's love affair with Bulgaria, spliced with traditional song, these are stories of love, harvest, death & transcendence.

TUi MAMAKi is a vocal explorer, performer, composer/arranger, born in France, raised in Aotearoa/NZ and often residing in Bulgaria. She can thank her musically adventurous troubadour family for giving her a taste for sounds from far-away places. In following her voice, she has travelled to Pay Basque, India and the Balkans to study traditional vocal techniques and repertoire.


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Fly
Year: 2018
Type: Album

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