My Baby: Mounaiki – By the Bright of Night (Prehistoric/Rhythmethod)

 |   |  1 min read

Shadow Dancer
My Baby: Mounaiki – By the Bright of Night (Prehistoric/Rhythmethod)

Although this trio of Dutch-Kiwi connections play at Womad next year (as they should on the back of their meltdown of world music, blues and jazzy trip-hop), the intimate nature of this album suggests they might be better seen in a smaller environment.

And happily enough they are undertaking an extensive tour starting soon (see dates below) which should take care of that.

This more trip-hop inclined series of songs – with slippery grooves, almost horizontal guitar lines and Cato Van Dijck's languid vocals (with touches on old soul, blues and classic torch singers as on the slightly-funky Supernatural Aid) and hints of various world musics – tells a story of a young woman on a journey by night through a literal and metaphorical world of mystery and adventure.

The impressively presented gatefold vinyl album runs a further explanatory narrative for each song, but set all that aside and be prepared to be seduced by the piece as a whole.

There's some seductive steel guitar, a reach back to Thirties blues-meets-dancefloor on the title track, psychedelic desert blues guitar on For a Change, a hip vibe on Shadow Dancer and In The Club. . .

A highly seductive collection and a real step into territory which is both an extension of and departure from their previous albums. And the best part might be the title of the final track: To be Continued . . .


Cato Van Dijck is interviewed at Elsewhere here.


MY BABY - NZ TOUR

Sun Dec 30 – AUM, Auckland

Sat Dec 31 - Rhythm & Alps, Wanaka

Sat Jan 5 - Blue Smoke, Christchurch 

Fri Jan 11 – Meow, Wellington

Sat Jan 12 – Cabana, Napier

Sun Jan 13 - Smash Palace, Gisborne

Thur Jan 17 - Yot Club, Raglan

Fri Jan 18 – Soundsplash, Raglan

Sat Jan 19 – Galatos, Auckland

Sun Jan 20 - Totara St, Mt Maunganui

Wed Jan 30 - Luminate Fest, Golden Bay

Sat Feb 9 - Marlborough Wine and Food Fest, Marlborough

Fri March 15 - WOMAD / New Plymouth

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

David Byrne: American Utopia (Warners)

David Byrne: American Utopia (Warners)

The title of this album by David Byrne, his first under his own name since Grown Backwards about 14 years ago, is timely when we consider the state of the Great Society today, a nation which has... > Read more

Derek Lind: Solo (Someone Up There)

Derek Lind: Solo (Someone Up There)

For two decades from the mid Eighties, Derek Lind confirmed himself as among this country's finest singer-songwriters. He had a Herald entertainment cover for his exceptional '90 album... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Ringo Starr: Elizabeth Reigns (2002)

Ringo Starr: Elizabeth Reigns (2002)

Right now Britain is gearing up for the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II which will be celebrated on June 2 with appearances by the great Sirs of her time . . . no. not Churchill... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Bob Dylan; Studs Terkel's Wax Museum

THE BARGAIN BUY: Bob Dylan; Studs Terkel's Wax Museum

There are an interesting number of radio and live broadcasts of the young Bob Dylan becoming available these days (like this, this and this), presumably because the songs are out of copyright... > Read more