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March 14, 2008

All Points North by The Manitou

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All Points North by The ManitouThe Manitou is from Detroit and has an album out celled All Points North. That’s as much information as I can glean about him. On the other hand that is enough because it helped me locate where all the points of reference are for the music. With track titles like Ice Cream At Soldiers And Sailors Monument and I Wrote Your Name On The Davison Overpass, you quickly realise that there is a theme here – the theme is Detroit. The music is ambient textures of layered synth-like sound. The effect is to induce a kind of dream-like waking atmosphere that is in a totally different timescale from music with beats. At times I started to imagine wide streets, blurred tall structure and vague tingling of my skin feeling wind or rain. I’m used to music having a physical effect but this was cerebral as well.

Initially I had thought this would not be my thing at all but I girded my loins and was rewarded. This album is magical. One extra affect is that is has changed my view of Detroit. I now imagine it as somewhere with wide space (maybe not green space but space nevertheless) rather than the crowded urban jungle I had assumed it was.

There’s a little more information on Slo.bor records and a load of short clips on the emusic page for this album here.

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