It's often the case that some of the weirdest stuff you'll run into comes cloaked in a deceptive gentility, an effervescent breeziness beneath whose placid surface lurks all manner of odd detailing. Pascal Comelade, Woo and Aqsaq Maboul (on their debut) are all prime examples of this suave yet addled sensibility. To this list, add Kulu Hatha Mamnua. The brainchild of Swiss R. I. O. musician Gilles-V. "Dizzi" Reider (ex-Debile Menthol) and hand percussionist Pascal Cuche (along with a brace of guest musicians), Kulu Hatha Mamnua achieve just such a delicate balancing act with the aid of clarinets, hand percussion, steel drums, synths, bass, accordion and flute and the effect is absolutely haunting. Why they then chose to release such a masterpiece in a miniscule 200 copy private edition is anyones guess.
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