MINUIT: Find Me Before I Die A Lonely Death .com
By Amanda Mills
Minuit’s return sees a typically fresh approach to the sound and sonics of their previous albums, their trademark breakbeat sound combined with hypnotic stylistic diversions. Electro-pop, swing rhythms, and a strong presence of guitars (acoustic and electric) add to Minuit’s repertoire on their third local album, creating a far warmer tone than 2006’s ‘The Guards Themselves’. Lead single Wayho (recorded with UK producer Andy Chatterley) is a standout – the infectious rhythm and upbeat delivery belying the dark undertone; while Vampires is a singalong guitar-based folk tune that sticks in your head. The centrepiece of the album is undoubtedly Aotearoa, sonically evoking the landscape, while celebrating who we are. Minuit transcend the sum of their parts – Ruth Carr is an enigmatic lyricist and has a vocal style that keeps the material multi-faceted, while Paul Dodge and Ryan Beehre provide music that is inventive and diverse. Self-produced, and recorded at Beehre’s studio in Nelson, this is a fantastic record, and should break Minuit into more mainstream success.