A Colourful Storm presents Seance, a new set of songs by Maxine Funke.
Following a productive recording period beginning with Silk (2018) and ending with Forest Photographer (2020), Seance marks a remarkable levitation of Funkes tender, softly spoken songcraft first documented on Lace (2008) and Felt (2012) into new creative heights. Folksong confessionals with the burden of memory. Ghostly confines, murmurs from the cracks. Soil, blood and skin. The beauty and mundanity of the everyday.
The voice of Funke is a distinctive instrument, one which perfectly elucidates her sometimes confessional, at other times deeply inward allusions to love, loss, joy and disquiet. Lyrics grounded in observation and adventure (Eyeballs, asphalt, grass clippings, peppercorns) unravel into uneasy truths daubed in self-consciousness and forbidden desire (Im not shy / There's just a sparkle in your eye and I don't feel right). The simplest things can be the most difficult to express.
Opener Fairy Baby and Homage are sensuous and probing, celebrating new beginnings while cautiously closing old chapters. Quiet Shore, a seven-minute reverie of guitar strum and poetry, conjures spirits long forgotten and shines as Funkes first solo foray into longform songwriting. A perfect accompaniment to the albums centrepiece, Lucky Penny, a euphoric, entrancing rush foreshadowing the delicate dreamspeak still to come.
An assertive, visionary recording by one of New Zealands most extraordinary voices, Seance is a lovers lament, a revealing of self and a secluded wander through fields of enchantment.