Minuit: The Guards Themselves
By Ania Glowacz
Minuit have nailed it on this stunning second album. Not only wowing us with their arresting videos and live performances, we now have something more permanent to devour. Minuit meld edgy, rock'n'roll electronica with original, beguiling lyrics to make finely crafted intelligent pop. Whilst no else in NZ is doing anything similar to this 3-piece, the quality of this release includes hints of Chemical Brothers (yes really), Kosheen, the Editors (on Fake), even Curve (on the title track), but really Minuit make this their own. Whilst they credit their ASR10 for "the Minuit sound", it's their experience playing rock'n'roll instruments in the past that really comes through beautifully - fat (real) bass sounds, some excellent 'live' drum programming - essentially 'rock' composition. Ruth Carr's unique poetic sing/speak voice, some hooky lyrics ('give it all, take it '"we're all scared, we're all shy'), married to pumping rhythms, trancey breaks and beats, fizzing electronic flourishes, lots of original ideas. This is a refreshing change for any jaded palettes out there. Recorded in Nelson and Wellington, and mastered by Emily Lazar in New York, this is a well polished album. Out on Tardus Music.