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Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts

by John White

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rthanson John's newest is another folky-poppy gem, and not like any other album you'll hear. Treat yourself and discover what this one of a kind troubadour has to offer. Such beauty! (And check out his other solo albums, including the seminal "Balloon Adventure" from 2001.) Favorite track: Batholemule Brixton.
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    As a bonus, you will also get send a download code for John White's previous album, The Inkadies, for free.
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  • Extremely Limited Edition 12" vinyl
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    This vinyl edition of Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts will be limited to twenty numbered copies and will be therefore extremely collectible.

    On 180gm heavyweight black vinyl with full colour artwork.

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    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Hard copy of the album with 14 page booklet featuring the lyrics. Handmade by John himself.

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Henry Green 04:41
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Sally 03:09
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Noneoir 02:20
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Far Away 02:20
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Lexaloffle 02:36
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about

"Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts" by dream pop artist, John White. is the fourth solo departure since 2000 for the Dunedin-based singer from his heavy popgaze bands Mëstar and the Blueness.

To listen to a John White album is to succumb to a dream world, both in terms of the fantastical themes and the ethereal textures he uses, and “Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts” is no exception. Under a soundbed of lush string arrangements and gently strummed guitars, John’s softly delivered and ever so sweet vocal harmonies beguile and at times thrill. Alternating with the exquisite chamber folk arrangements of the title track and others such as Batholemule Brixton and Noneoir, are more trad. influenced songs such as Whisky and Beer and Sally, the latter about the heartbreak and isolation of those sailing to New Zealand from the UK in the late 1800s. “Farewell Song” is written for a musician friend who passed away suddenly during the making of the album.

Several of the songs have a nautical theme, with characters overlapping in the stories. The story of Henry Green is about an imaginary island sinking into the rising ocean. The Tuliarts who have lived there peacefully for thousands of years are colonized by greedy pirates but ultimately saved by Henry. Another sailor who Henry Green later joined forces with, is Captain Sabotka, named after a young family member of John's. The stories of Captain Sabotka came about as made up bed-time stories involving a magic wizard crab whose magic only works when Sabotka's eyes are closed (a trick for getting him to sleep). Before each story, John would sing the theme song to introduce the story in the same notion as Postman Pat or Thomas the Tank Engine, resulting in the album version.

Many other magical creatures appear on the album: banshees, lady elves and lexaloffles to name a few. It should come as no surprise that John also designs retro style video games and has a knack for inventing fantastical worlds and creatures. The brightly coloued eyecatching cover of the album is also drawn by John.

"Henry Green and the Island of Tuliarts" was recorded and produced in Berlin by Monkey label boss Nigel Braddock in the summer of 2014 with a few overdubs added in August 2016 in Dunedin and Berlin. On the album, John plays viola, guitar, piano, percussion and a whisky bottle with special guest David Sills (Charity Children) featuring on cello.

credits

released October 7, 2016

All songs by John White.
Vocals, guitar, viola, piano and percussion by John White.
Cello by Dave Sills.
Additional violin on Whisky and Beer by Thom Geigenschrey.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Nigel Braddock.
Produced by Nigel Braddock and John White.

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