After long-range negotiations, meetings perceived dimly through a haze of quality Kush and late night trips past the mainland into Compound Manila, the day has arrived. White Manna has welcomed us into the circle.
This band had me entranced from the opening wails of their debut LP, which arrived on the always-amazing Holy Mountain label several years back. At the sound of the opening notes I started wanting to go west to experience the band in their element, under the foggy old-growth redwood canopies of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle. Today, through an imponderable series of serendipitous events the heads at Captcha find ourselves relocated to that very locale—behind the redwood curtain, with our backs to the ground and eyes to the sky.
Come Down Safari is the latest White Manna album. While the first two albums cut right to the chase, maintaining driving tempos from beginning to end, Come Down Safari makes it possible for listeners to join the band in the more intimate experience of psychedelic comedown. The opening track “Deathless Guru” sets the mood, finding the band re-entering the stratosphere and gently floating back to earth. Not just a heady mix of blown-out psych, Come Down Safari showcases these musicians moving in a more experimental direction. Sonic textures are diffuse; atmospheres are saturated. Sounds are wreathed in mists and vapors. Drones and quiet syncopations suggest fall’s rains coming on. Don’t get me wrong: this record still gets loud and heavy. But Come Down Safari makes room for us to hear Dieter’s keyboard patterns as they unfold, weaving us a post-apocalyptic web in which to dwell.
We are working with Valley King to make Come Down Safari available to you. We have the LP in our HQ available for purchase, and we will also be pressing it to compact disc. Keep your ears to the ground; we hope to be dropping more good news re: White Manna before long.
Finally, while we’re bringing you closer to the White Manna pulse, we want to take this opportunity to remind you that the band has legs. This fall, they take their madness across the pond for their second European tour in as many years. Those dates are listed below.
06 Sep 2014 UK Stoke
07 Sep 2014 ES Vitoria-Gasteiz Ibu Hots
08 Sep 2014 ES Oviedo Lata De Zinc
10 Sep 2014 ES Barcelona Reverence @ El Teatre Latino
11 Sep 2014 ES Madrid Psych Out Fest II @ Siroco
12 Sep 2014 ES Santiago De Compostela WOS INC
13 Sep 2014 PT Valada Reverence Festival w/ Bardo Pond, The Oscillation
15 Sep 2014 UK London Shacklewell Arms
16 Sep 2014 UK Manchester Soup Kitchen
17 Sep 2014 UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
18 Sep 2014 UK Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach w/ Moon Duo
19 Sep 2014 BE Antwerp Trix w/ Bardo Pond
20 Sep 2014 FR Toul Les 3 Petits Points
21 Sep 2014 BE Brussels Magasin 4 w/ Bardo Pond
23 Sep 2014 FR Besancon Le Passengers De Zinc
25 Sep 2014 NL Eindhoven Effenaar w/ Sleepy Sun, Camera
26 Sep 2014 NL Utrecht DB's
27 Sep 2014 UK Ramsgate Music Hall