March 16, 2010 MANNERS
I’ve kind of been going on a Whitehaus Family Record binge recently. I’ve been crusing the interwebz, looking for free downloads from bands like Peace, Loving, Many Mansions, and, of course, MANNERS. Hailed as one of the leading figures in the Yes Wave scene, this dude makes beautiful outdoors sunlight music. Also, look at those stylish pants! ME-OW!!!1LOL
I just downloaded his WINTOUR E.P. off of archive.org. Described as a series of “meditations”, this album reminds me of Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for Airports. Quiet, unassuming drones, starkly unadorned yet never boring, reverberate through this 32 minute EP. It’s a calming record to listen to; you can put it on and do some work, or just look out the window at the grass leaving winter behind. He’s got a nice voice, too.
My favorite track is “Folk Legend Sun”. I like it because it reminds me of raking leaves in the fall, and it also has percussion in it, which is nice. I really like banjos, too, so that’s always a plus. It really is a lovely, quiet song, and I think you’ll enjoy it too.