CD Dat Rosa Mel Apibus [Digipak] (CD 1030159),
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Dat Rosa Mel Apibus [Digipak]

  • 1. Light, The
    2. Hear My Call
    3. Childhood Song
    4. What I See
    5. All the World Wept
    6. Dat Rosa Mel Apibus
    7. Sun Song
    8. Hold Your Hand in the Dark
    9. Katie Cruel
    10. Sea Chanty
    11. Palm and Wine
    12. Song of Solomon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 293

  • Credits
    EngineerTJ Doherty; Joe Blaney

    Personnel: Mira Billotte (vocals, guitar, melodica, piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Douglas Shaw (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, erhu, organ, percussion, gong); Chris Rael (sitar); Samara Lubelski (violin); Karen LeBlanc (accordion); Shahzad Ismaily (upright bass, electric bass); Tim Barnes (drums, percussion, bells); Tim Dewit, Jim White (drums).
    Audio Mixers: TJ Doherty; Tim Barnes .
    Recording information: Brooklyn Studios (2005-2006); Headgear Studios, NY (2005-2006); Joe Music (2005-2006); Pilot Studios, NY (2005-2006); Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY (2005-2006).
    Arrangers: Douglas Shaw; Mira Billotte.
    New York indie rock duo White Magic expand their sound on their sophomore release, DAT ROSA ME APIBUS (which is Latin for "The Rose Gives the Bees Honey"). The band is still dark, swirling, psychedelic, and introspective, but the layers here are deeper, and more carefully constructed. Clattering drums, chiming guitars, insistent rhythms, and hypnotic drones create a tapestry against which singer Mira Billotte places her unique and appealing voice. At times the album is whimsical and childlike, at others almost ominous, but there's a sense of deeper meaning throughout, from the Rosicrucian image on the front cover to the webs of music and wordplay on each of the 12 tracks.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.103) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Soulfully assured, Billotte beguiles like a cat-powered Grace Slick reclining against a surrealistic, Fleetwood Mac-embroidered pillow..."
    Magnet (p.112) - "[I]t sounds like a rickety tape reel away from convincing us that White Magic is, in fact, a stellar '60s group that history somehow missed."
    CMJ (p.39) - "Frontwoman Mira Billotte is at the helm of every song, and her sinewy piano lines and caterwauling alto crawl along for the better part of an hour."
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