The Marion Flow (part 1, Taranaki 1999)

It’s lo-fi, organic and about as eclectic as one could manage. Kind of reminds me of Nick Cave if he had grown up in Timaru. No pretentious American accents or catch phrase choruses, just a bunch of people making music. A little beauty!” – NZ Musician, August/September 2002

Produced by Paul Winstanley, & featuring Steve Duffels, the Digitator, the Dadapapa Magickclone Orchestra and more. Recorded at the TFC Lounge, New Plymouth, 1999 – with special thanks to Brian Wafer.

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The Marion Flow is a pre-millennial fusion of warm acoustic pop, spoken word and postpunk discord.. An almost-acknowledged New Zealand classic from Taranaki – of its time (the ’90s!) yet timeless.

In 1999, aged 20, I left New Plymouth, a large rural town, where I grew up, and moved to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, where I was born. The Marion Flow reflects this journey, geographically, sonically and spiritually.

The Marion Flow was originally a longer album spanning recordings from New Plymouth in 1999 and Wellington in 2001. I’ve now reissued the two halves separately – to emphasise the sense of time and place, and stylistic evolution, and to re-present each more concisely for the short-attention-span 21st century.

This page is for the 1999 New Plymouth sessions;

Further listening

Edwards’ music is often a sculpture rather than a melodic composition. Within this chosen form, amongst all the writings rantings & poetry there’s much difficult pleasure to be had for the musically adventurous.” – Brent Cardy, Real Groove, July 2002


1 On a Bus

Dave Edwards – acoustic guitar, vocal

Paul Winstanley – turntable

3-chord minimalism (progression played that way for 4mins straight, not looped), to evoke the tedium of a long bus ride, complete with crying kids.

2 Banana Wizard

Dave Edwards – acoustic guitar, vocal

Paul Winstanley – fretless bass

Steve Duffels – drums

My first and probably only pop hit, which actually got a bit of bFM radio airplay at the time. Originally titled ‘Dope Smoking and Wizard’, after a character in the rarely-heard third verse, which I omitted to keep it to 3 minutes, and later retitled ‘Banana Wizard’ after the banana he was peeling; I’d grown tired of irrelevant drug-reference notoriety overshadowing my wider catalogue.

3 Locked Without March

Dave Edwards – upturned acoustic guitar, vocal

Paul Winstanley – screwdrivers

Beat poetry… a noisier electric version appears on Live 1999

4 Chairs to Tie the Revolution Down

Dave Edwards – electric guitar, vocal

Mariachi without the trumpets

5 The Marion Flow

Dave Edwards – electric guitars, vocal

Paul Winstanley – cymbal and pitch-shifter

A personal favourite, a one-chord wonder… funnily it never even occurred to me til years later that Marion is a girl’s name.

6 Open the Dogs

Dave Edwards – acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocal

Paul Winstanley – fretless bass

The Digitator – snare drum & foliage

Not about animal cruelty

7 Phoenix Road

Dave Edwards – electric guitar, harmonica, vocal

Paul Winstanley – fretless bass

An alt-country black comedy

8 Lucifer Directing Traffic (at 3am)

Dave Edwards – electric guitar, vocal

Paul Winstanley – turntable

Paul Winther – analogue synth

The Digitator – acoustic guitar

He’d had a few… this piece leads in to DDPP: Waiting For the Drummerrecorded at the same sessions in New Plymouth in 1999 with the same personnel:

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