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Rough Art of the Spiritual

by Dystopia

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The Film Scorer At times reminiscent of Philip Glass, Rough Art of the Spiritual is a hypnotic listen led by the constant of Liz Maw's lullaby-like poetry readings. Favorite track: Living for Summer.
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Dystopia finally release their long awaited second studio album eighteen years after their 2000 debut, The Wisdom of Insecurity.

Featuring once again the exquisite poetry of Liz Maw set to music, the new album was fifteen years in the making with recording having begun in Auckland, New Zealand in 2002 and completed in Berlin in 2017.

While the first album was a collaboration between Maw, Monkey Records founder Nigel Braddock on keyboards and Shinya Asakura on sitar and production, the new album is based around the trio of Maw, Braddock and guitarist Gerhard Lottermoser with a dozen other musicians featuring as guests.

As on Dystopia's debut, Liz Maw’s poems take centre stage and her astute observations on life, death and the human condition are quietly compelling. Although her voice sometimes barely raises above a whisper, the listener is consistently drawn in by the rich imagery and hypnotic soundscapes which rise and fall and swirl around her.

The music ranges freely in style from electronica to ambient to neoclassical to jazz to psychedelic rock and sometimes swells from a murmur to an apocalyptic crescendo.

The striking artwork is a painting by Liz Maw who has gone on to become a highly successful visual artist in New Zealand.


released September 30, 2018

Liz Maw: words, vocals
Nigel Braddock: piano, keyboards, bass, samples
Gerhard Lottermoser: guitar
Kingsley Melhuish: trumpet (ii, iii)
Ben Lockwood: drums (i, iii)
Kathryn van Beek: bvs (i, iv)
Rob Croft: conga (i)
Ben McNichol: sax (i)
Haydn Godfrey: trombone (ii)
Ben Campbell: sax (ii)
Yair Katz: drums (ii)
Eyal Lutz: didgeridoo (ii)
Sam Prebble: violin (v)
John White: viola (v)
Shinya Asakura: bass (v)

Recorded, produced, mixed & mastered by Nigel Braddock
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