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Artist: ONE MAN BANNISTER
Title: Birds & Bees
Format: Cass
Label: Thokei Tapes
Country: Germany
Price: $8.00
"Birds and Bees" is One Man Bannisters third release, following 2013s "Evolver" (a re-interpretation of the Beatles "Revolver" album) and 2007s "Moth". One Man Bannister is Matthew Bannister, who has played in many NZ groups including Sneaky Feelings, Dribbling Darts of Love, The Weather, The Mutton Birds and most recently The Changing Same.

Matthew Bannister´s solo albums have all been recorded at home, and over the years he has accumulated hundreds of tracks. Some end up being performed live, but many only exist as recordings, because sometimes the magic moment isnt replicable. You can get sounds in the studio that you cant get live.

This album compiles some of those moments, interpersing a number of never-before-heard songs with reflective instrumental interludes. The general theme is summer in sunny Aotearoa/New Zealand - quite often you can hear birds singing in the background of the recordings, so the album opens and finishes with some ornithological observations! The oldest song ("Scared") dates from the early 1990s, the most recent "Summer Showdown" from early 2014. An apt comparison would be Paul McCartneys early solo albums, such as "Ram", or post-"Smile" Beach Boys, modest, home-made, wholesome fare, but packed with melodic invention and domestic quirkiness." - Thokei Tapes.

Artist: ONE MAN BANNISTER
Title: Evolver
Format: Cass
Label: Thokei Tapes
Country: Germany
Price: $13.00
"All tracks performed and recorded by Matthew Bannister in Hamilton, NZ (2011-2012). This album is a tribute to the Beatles "Revolver"" - Thokei Tapes.

"In 2013 Bannister watched with interest as his students tackled a recording project where they were assigned classic albums and asked to re-record them. One of the albums was The Beatles Revolver which proved too difficult for those concerned and was abandoned but not before it had set Bannisters creative mind into motion. He decided to have a crack at it himself and the result was released later that year on Powertool Records to universal acclaim. Peaking at number 16 on the national album charts, One Man Bannisters Evolver became his most successful post Sneakys endeavour, both critically and commercially." - Andrew Johnstone (from the "Matthew Bannister Story")

“You release something original and the response is Ho Hum but then you say I have reinterpreted the Beatles and everyone is interested.” - Bannister.

Artist: TALL DWARFS
Title: Bovril
Format: Cass
Label: Thokei Tapes
Country: Germany
Price: $13.00
""Bovril" Is A Sort Of Rarities Compilation, Limited To 200 Copies. Tracks spanning 1978-2016." - Thokei Tapes.

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