águas brilhantes: 2018​-​2022

fiffdimension vol 4

  • made in Featherston, Masterton, and Suva – ft Antony Milton, James Robinson, Dr Emit Snake-Beings, Campbell Kneale, and lyrics by John Collie (1834-1893) – the title is ‘Wairarapa’ in Portuguese.
  • Collaborations with my ancestors and younger relatives, friends in Fiji, a painter in Otago, the curator of PseudoArcana, and the family dog.

(See also
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/gleefully-unknown-1997-2005
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/fame-oblivion-2005-2012
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/other-islands-2012-2018

águas brilhantes (or ‘glistening waters’ in English) is the Portuguese translation of Wairarapa, the Māori name of the region where I’ve lived the last few years.

My ancestors arrived here in the 19th century – one was a Scottish poet, another a stowaway from the Azores islands.

a followup to
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/gleefully-unknown-1997-2005
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/fame-oblivion-2005-2012
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/other-islands-2012-2018

with videos at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtbrBpNjlOHOhGouOChNl3jVUif1AZIl6 )

águas brilhantes (or ‘glistening waters’ in English) is the Portuguese translation of Wairarapa, the Māori name of the region where I live. Several of my pākeha ancestors arrived here in the 19th century.

Much of the music is inspired by two of my great-great-grandfathers – John Collie (1834-1893), a Scottish poet, who helped build the Remutaka incline railway; and Manuel Bernard (1847-1928), who left the Azores islands, as a teenaged stowaway on a whaling ship and ended up in Masterton. It’s also a torch-passing to the next generation – recorded with nephews Hans and Rhys, and niece Celeste.

Also ft literal garage rock with Antony Milton and David Heath (the Troubled Times); duos with James Robinson, Dr Emit Snake-Beings, Campbell Kneale, and Nat da Hatt; side trips to Fiji; an interspecies duet with Oscar (a huntaway); and solo instrumentals and live reinterpretations of oldies.

Includes previously unreleased recordings, download-only bonus tracks, and excerpts from the albums

fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/escape-velocity-live-2018
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/a-ton-of-feathers-2018
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/live-2019
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/glimpses-of-utopia-2020
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/ruasagavulu-2020
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/spastic-rhythms-vol-1-2021
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-sun-2021
layyourburdensdown.bandcamp.com/album/-
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/state-highway-2-2022
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/a-second-sun-2022
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/poems-lyrics-in-the-english-dialect-1856
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/poems-lyrics-in-the-scotch-dialect-1856
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/long-live-the-miracle-room-live-2022  

Includes previously unreleased recordings, and excerpts from the albums

fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/escape-velocity-live-2018
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/a-ton-of-feathers-2018
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/live-2019
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/glimpses-of-utopia-2020
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/ruasagavulu-2020
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/spastic-rhythms-vol-1-2021
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-sun-2021
layyourburdensdown.bandcamp.com/album/-
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/state-highway-2-2022
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/a-second-sun-2022
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/poems-lyrics-in-the-english-dialect-1856
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/poems-lyrics-in-the-scotch-dialect-1856
fiffdimension.bandcamp.com/album/long-live-the-miracle-room-live-2022  

credits

released December 22, 2022

Dave Edwards – guitars, bass, banjo, harmonica, vocal, lyrics

with

Antony Milton – keyboard, electric guitar (The Troubled Times)

David Heath – drums (The Troubled Times)

Hans Landon-Lane – ukulele, accordion, vocal (Clever Hansel)

John Collie – Poems & Lyrics (in the English and Scotch Dialects, 1856)

James Robinson – bell drum on ‘June’s lounge’, lyrics & vocal on ‘the edge’ and ‘old brain’

Dr Emit Snake-Beings – keyboards & percussion (in Fiji)

Elario Irava – acoustic guitar & vocal (from Fiji)

Nat da Hatt – electric guitar & thumb piano on ‘June’s lounge’

The Digitator – keyboards & vocal on ‘Inverno’

Campbell Kneale – electric guitar & analogue synthesiser on ‘both chords’

Oscar – vocal on ‘Oscar’s blues’

Rhys Landon-Lane – classical guitar & vocal on ‘by my faith sirs this canna lang dee’

Tracks featuring Dr Emit Snake-Beings recorded in Suva, Fiji.
Celeste Rochery recorded in Paris, France; Hans and Rhys Landon-Lane recorded in Lower Hutt, NZ; James Robinson recorded in Port Chalmers, NZ; The Troubled Times recorded in Masterton, NZ;
The rest recorded in Featherston, Aotearoa NZ.

1.Nat da Hatt + James Robinson + Dave Black – June’s Lounge, part 2 02:08
2.The Electricka Zoo – Inverno (live at Escape Velocity, 2018) 03:47
3.Campbell Kneale + fiffdimension – Both Chords 02:07
4.Celeste Rochery – My Native Land (John Collie, 1856) 01:56
5.The Blast of a Wintry Day (John Collie, 1856 – live at Wairarapa TV, 2019) (bonus) 03:44
6.Clever Hansel – Sonnet on Summer (John Collie, 1856) 03:19
7.snakebeings + fiffdimension – Walu (Fiji) 03:02
8.snakebeings + fiffdimension – Io (Fiji) 01:31
9.Larry Irava – Isa Lei Lia (Fiji) 04:38
10.Ilhas Atlânticas (Manuel José Bernard, das Flores, 1862) 03:12
11.Here’s a Health to my Cronies (John Collie, 1856) 02:46
12.Auld Satan when ye first gae through (John Collie, 1856) 02:02
13.Logistical Torrents (lockdown 2020) 03:07
14.Guitar Ringtone 02:07
15.The Troubled Times – Blinking in Daylight (return of the sun, 2021) 03:05
16.Clever Hansel – The Land of my Youth (John Collie, 1856) 03:57
17.The Troubled Times – Wairarapa Bossa Nova 03:18
18.James Robinson + fiffdimension – Old Brain (metadada of Oceania remembering) 03:21
19.The Troubled Times – The Dying Monarch (John Collie, 1856) 03:05
20.Ilhas novos (do sul) 01:20
21.Classical Rain Bucket 01:41
22.James Robinson + The Troubled Times – The Edge (a Negentropic Diatribe) 03:25
23.Tony Was Here (live at the Miracle Room, 2022) 03:25
24.Oscar – Oscar’s Blues 01:28
25.By my faith sirs, this canna lang dee (John Collie, 1856) 04:04
26.さくらさくら / Paetumokai (Pua pua i te Kōanga) 02:10
27.O Henry Ending (live at the Miracle Room, 2022) 08:00
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