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In RABAUL, the mornings are calm and still. It's still the best time to do anything vaguely active. The heat turns you into a sloth. In the evenings you have a few SP lagers and dance... At night, large, weird and colourful insects congregate around the outside lamp. The smell of fermenting cocoa hangs in the air; a lush chocolate smell. And the palm trees, planted everywhere, planted in straight rows on the plantations, or growing wild on the foreshore. Palm trees everywhere.


When it rains,
smell the scent in the air,
then the sea softens down
and the water drips down
from my hair,

When it rains, well you know
that it comes down,
... comes down in my head.

Out to sea an outrigger sails by,
the lone fisherman balanced,
he watches for movement below.
Out to sea it is calm, to the islands
the waves gently fall
... so do we.

When I sleep, hear the insects at night.
All the dogs scream in circles,
the rotating fans spin around.
When I sleep I keep turning,
the sweat trickles down on my face,

... oh the insects at night


from Tabaran, released October 10, 1990
Russel Bradley : drums
David Bridie : piano, vocals
Tim Cole : tapes of insects
Rowan McKinnon : bass
John Phillips : guitar


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Not Drowning, Waving Melbourne, Australia

NDW's music was haunting, evocative, brooding, sensuous and a million other words that excite people who type for a living. In record stores, you could usually find NDW filed under ambient or art-rock, ill-fitting labels if ever there were. Though they were often minimalist, they never made background music. Arty by comparison to other acts of the era, but they knocked out some glorious pop tunes. ... more

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