Trending Headlines. Music Reviews. Best Rated Music Reviews. Music Video. Top Music Videos. Dear Reader began as an alternative duo hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa. They were asked to rebrand in by a Scottish textiles company with the same name, and Dear Reader emerged. Two years on, the pair went their separate ways, MacNeil moving to Berlin to carry on working under the name Dear Reader.
Unfortunately, with such historic themes, this is a case of the ideas being bigger than the delivery. Man Of The Book Back From The Dead Teller Of Truths Already Are Cruelty On Beauty On Victory Tags alternative alternative pop chamber pop folk pop indie pop rock Berlin. I demoed things in my room at home and arranged the songs by singing line after line after line, knowing that eventually this one would be played on a violin and this one on a trumpet, and that one would be sung by the boys and that one by the girls etc.
Then I went into the studio with Earl Harvin, who plays for the Tindersticks also signed to City Slang and is somewhat of a legend. I knew I wanted really interesting percussion on this album, and had heard about Earl, his prowess behind a drum kit, and that he lived in Berlin.
I also recorded my piano parts there, and some stuff on harmonium and the bass guitar. I recorded pretty much everything else at home in my one-bedroom flat. Many talented friends came over to sing or play all the parts I had demoed with my own voice. It was quite a business — the back and forth by email, the time difference, Skype conferences.
But he is really good, and it was great to have someone with fresh ears give their take on the songs. You are signed to German label City Slang and you perform throughout continental Europe. When will fans in the UK see Dear Reader perform here? Terms and Conditions. Good Hope is similarly upbeat. Presumably named after the Cape of the same name which sits below the South African peninsula, it tells the tale of the early settlers in the country and the view they saw when they arrived.
MacNeil sings that that view told them they could do anything; the limitless optimism of a new land and new possibilities. Her stance; that we have a great propensity for evil, and from this mankind will probably never be free. At times troubling, at times deeply moving, RIVONIA is unafraid of raising more questions than it answers, and achieves this within the context of a collection of magical, dramatic, heartfelt songs.
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