Rarotonga inspires Minuit's summer album

Last updated 10:51 13/12/2012
Music feast: Minuit vocalist Ruth Carr, who's visit to Rarotonga helped inspire the band's new album.

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It's been three years since popular synth band Minuit's last release. Their latest, Last Night You Saw This Band, comes just in time for summer road trips and fun at the beach.

It will be out on December 21, followed by the official release show the night after, in Christchurch.

Based in Wellington, the three- piece band - Ruth Carr, vocals, Ryan Beehve, machines, and Paul Dodge, machines - have been playing together for more than a decade.

Time spent in Rarotonga inspired many of the ideas for the songs on their latest album.

"Ruth was working in a scuba dive shop there," Dodge said. "She had a dictaphone and was recording heaps of ideas. So in the background it will sometimes have rain on the roof, or there's one on the back of a motorbike, which you can just hear."

While Carr was away, she exchanged her building skills for the chance to work on getting her scuba diving grades.

"I always wanted to learn to scuba dive, so I just emailed some places to see if I could work for free and learn some stuff," she said.

Dodge said Last Night You Saw This Band still had the Minuit sound, but was more scaled back.

"It might surprise people. I find it really crisp and percussive. And songs really jump out," he said.

The island theme continues with the use of Pacific island style beats, along with the vocals of some children from an orphanage in Haiti that Dodge visited while helping there after the 2010 earthquake.

Dodge said that as well as the ideas of island adventures coming through, the album also touched on the extremes of what it was to be human.

Minuit will be playing at Homegrown music festival in Wellington in March.

The album is in digital form as well as on CD and vinyl.

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- The Wellingtonian

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