Turtle Dove

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Turtle Dove
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by Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks
Released22 Apr 2016
LabelFika Recordings

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Following the albums Gin and My Ass recorded with The Wave Pictures in un-gentrified East London, Stanley Brinks (aka André Herman Dune) returns with a new collaborative album, this time with the Norwegian folk collective The Kaniks as his backing band.

Eschewing a traditional recording studio, André took The Kaniks to a remote island outside the small town of Egersund in south west Norway. Over the course of week of midnight sun, midnight swims and midnight beers on their isolated rocky island, living and recording in the only building on the island, the (now un manned) mid 19th century Vibberodden lighthouse, Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks recorded three albums of material; Turtle Dove is the first of those three to be released.

Brinks is renowned for his unique antifolk style: both playful and suggestive, insightful and entertaining. His fondness for calypso and the unusual provide the perfect foil to The Kaniks’, whose folk instrumentation and country and bluegrass influences take these 12 songs to a joyous place Brinks hasn’t been before in his extensive back catalogue.

Turtle Dove comes on blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with full download and bonus download of 2 track single “Too Much Women”. It is a Record Store Day exclusive release, on 16th April 2016.

Stanley Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.

Critical Reception

“dispenses boozy wisdom from Brinks’ 20-year touring lifestyle, and has an infectious Jonathan Richman-via-Cornershop vibe” Q [4/5]

“a set that’s as wistful and charming as it is playful and self-concious” Uncut [8/10]

“typically rich in a variety of sounds and structures; the songs are looser, more playful and all the more endearing because of it” Loud and Quiet

“This is nerve-jangling, hard-surfaced, soft-centred funny, shot through with sadness. The new Lost Boys, the Unlikliest Lads.” Rock n Reel [4/5]

“a joyous and celebratory record which crackles and sparkles with a joie de vivre which is sadly lacking from all too many of Stanley Brinks’ contemporaries” Folk Radio

Product Information

  • UPC 5056005098219
  • Catalogue Number Fika051
  • Format Album
  • Sound Carrier Digital

Track listing

No. TitleISRC Length
1. "Turtle Dove"  GBV6U1600101 1:51
2. "Say Goodbye"  GBV6U1600102 3:58
3. "I Spread My Wings"  GBV6U1600103 3:56
4. "One More Day"  GBV6U1600104 2:24
5. "This World"  GBV6U1600105 2:45
6. "Day In Day Out"  GBV6U1600106 3:55
7. "Slow Peace"  GBV6U1600107 4:30
8. "Come Come Springtime"  GBV6U1600108 2:30
9. "Between Me and the Future"  GBV6U1600109 3:59
10. "Stronger Than Wine"  GBV6U1600110 3:19
11. "Zombie Taboo"  GBV6U1600111 4:30
12. "And The Violin"  GBV6U1600112 2:44





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