dynamic, flowing rock with electronic influences and dark musical overtones. basically the one-man project of former doublehappy‘s / straightjacket fits frontman shayne carter, dimmer spent the best part of 5 years living off the expectations that their solitary debut ep crystalator produced (as well as carters impeccable previous track record). in 2001, the catalyst of this seclusion was finally released – i believe you are a star – and its a stunner. check my review for more detail.
carter followed up in 2004 with you’ve got to hear the music, expanding his sound with an all-star list of contributors (some even in the pop field) and toured the album with ned ‘killamanraro’ ngatae on guitar, mike hall (pluto/sola rosa) on bass, andy ‘submariner’ morton on keys, willy scott (king kapisi /sola rosa) on drums, and anika moa on backing vocals.
from fmr‘s promotionary blurb: “other guests on the album include, sjd who added production wizardry on ‘case’, dr graeme downes of the verlaines, who arranged and conducted strings on ‘only one that matters’, nick roughan and andy ‘submariner’ morton kept things appropriately phat in the beat and production department, while dimmer stickman and animated video genius, gary sullivan, added his own trademark sly touch. anika moa appears on a number of tracks bringing a new dimension to carter’s voice, and teams up on ‘happening’ with bic runga with a spine-tingling effect.”
picks in bold
- ‘dont make me buy out your silence’/’pacer’ (extended version)/’intermission’/on the road’ cd single [1995 flying nunFN399]
- ‘dont make me buy out your silence’/’pacer’ (extended version) 7″ single [1997 flying nunFN399]
- ‘crystalator’/’dawn’s coming in’ 7″ single [1997 flying nun / sub popFN310]
- i believe you are a star [2001 universal]
- you’ve got to here the music [2004 festival mushroom]
- there my dear [2006 festival mushroom]
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- i believe you are a star