CD review: From Dust to Light - Ariana Tikao

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 05:00 18/11/2012
Ariana Tikao
From Dust to Light - Ariana Tikao

Relevant offers

Album reviews

Tiny Ruins and Bic Runga together - so good they should be called Tiny Runga CD Review: Dawes, All Your Favorite bands It's third time lucky for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis on their new album Neil Young takes no prisoners on new album The Monsanto Years Listening Post CD Review: Adam Lambert, The Original High Patience needed to enjoy Brandon Flowers' The Desired Effect Up, up and away with 60s hit-makers The Fifth Dimension Muse's album Drones is unabashed rococo 'n' roll Richard Thompson's nuevo-folk is still to be admired

FROM DUST TO LIGHT
Ariana Tikao
(Rhythmethod)

New Zealand is currently blessed with a host of female artists who can claim Maori heritage and who are using their cultural background to change the face of popular music in this country.

Whirimako Black, Moana Maniapoto and Hinewehi Mohi (Oceania) paved the way but a dragnet approach would also catch the likes of Maisey Rika, Ngatapa Black, Toni Huata and Ariana Tikao.

The latter's third solo album takes a largely unadorned approach to the path less travelled with 11 songs, highlighted by the other-worldly (in a musical and lyrical sense Ka Roimata that are warm and engaging and show an affinity not only for her te reo roots but those of the folk tradition.

In saying that, the closer Purveyor Of Light is a lovely meditation on life, loss and love with a lazy bassline and repetitive guitar melody, while Something To Give introduces the resonant tones of the dulcimer in a song that was inspired by a "tui feeding off the nectar of kowhai tree in full blossom".

Don't let the dust settle on Tikao.

* What do you think of From Dust To Light? Post your comments below.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content