Karekare: Te Reo O Te Whenua

by Paddy Free

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about

One of the founding fathers of New Zealand electronica - in the multi-media outfit Pitch Black with Mike Hodgson - Paddy Free has also had a prolific career as a producer/engineer for hire, from Salmonella Dub to Crowded House, yet this is his first solo outing.

Subtitled “The Language of the Land”, Karekare is a collaboration with Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori instruments) specialist Richard Nunns, which marries electronica and Maori music to great effect: imbued with the sounds of the bush and native birds, the album has a brooding and sometimes windswept quality that conjures up the environment around Karekare (on the West coast of New Zealand).

Thankfully it is not one of those “fusion” albums where the divergent genres sound forced together: it was Paddy's intention that the electronic parts always serve the kaupapa (principle) behind the Taonga Puoro– that nothing be taken out of context, or dominated by the electronic elements.

Very much a sonic landscape, the album opens with the mysterious call of flute, before breaking into Lali, a dub drenched growler of a tune. Other stand out tracks include the collaboration with Tiki Taane (formerly of Salmonella Dub and Concord Dawn) Wairua, the drum and bass ‘haka’ Whai Atu and the mournful Kohatu.

Karekare reveals itself to be, on repeat listenings, an album replete with tiny details that can easily get lost on a first hearing so please bear with it!

credits

released March 23, 2009

1. Weherua Po (Free/Nunns)
Paddy Free: keyboards, percussion
Richard Nunns: koauau ponga ihu

2. Lali (Free)
Paddy Free: keyboards, percussion, programming

3. Tetekura (Free/Nunns)
Paddy Free: keyboards, programming
Richard Nunns: koauau koiwi kuri, koauau rakau maire, tumutumu kohatu pakohe, tumutumu rakau rata, tumutumu koiwi upokohue

4. Whai Atu (Free/Nunns/Hotere/Potiki Bryant)
Waimihi Hotere: vocals
Paddy Free: keyboards, programming
Richard Nunns: putatara, pumotomoto rakau matai, putorino koiwi toroa, tumutumu rakau rata, panguru whakatangi tanguru

5. Karekare (Free/Nunns)
Paddy Free: keyboards, programming
Richard Nunns: putorino rakau matai, putorino-nui rakau matai, koauau rakau maire

6. Po Ahiahi (Free)
Paddy Free: percussion, keyboards, programming

7. Roimata Toroa (Free/Nunns)
Paddy Free: keyboards, programming
Richard Nunns: koauau koiwi toroa, koauau koiwi kuri, tumutumu rakau rata

8. Pepeke (Free/Nunns)
Paddy Free: programming
Richard Nunns: hue puru hau, hue rara, panguru whakatangi tanguru

9. Wairua (Free/Nunns/Taane/Te Wharetatao)
Tiki Taane: vocals
Te Wharetatao: karanga vocals
Corrina Hunziker: karanga vocals
Paddy Free: keyboards, programming
Richard Nunns: tumutumu kohatu pakohe, tumutumu rakau rata, panguru whakatangi tanguru, tuaroria, karanga manu

10. Karekare - Ambient Mix (Free/Nunns)
Paddy Free: keyboards
Richard Nunns: putorino rakau matai, koauau rakau maire

11. Kohatu (Free/Nunns/Hotere/Potiki Bryant)
Waimihi Hotere: vocals
Paddy Free: keyboards
Richard Nunns: pahu pounamu, koauau koiei kuri, putorino rakau matai

12. Aniwaniwa (Free)
Paddy Free: keyboards

Whai Atu and Kohatu lyrics written by Louise Potiki Bryant and Waimihi Hotere
Wairua lyrics written by Tiki Taane
Wairua karanga written by Te Wharetatao

Additional Engineering on Lali by Razhan Mohammadi
Additional Engineering on Po Ahiahi by Michael Hodgson
Field Recordings made at Karekare and Piha, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Artwork by Ross Ellen - Finn Design

Mastered by Evan Short at Mercury Audio

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