Tag Archives: Stanley Brinks

Monique

25 Nov

Monique is the second single taken from Stanley Brinks and The Old Time Kaniks forthcoming debut album (out 13th Jan 2017) on double vinyl and double CD. Pre-order your copy here.

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Right Down My Alley

11 Nov

Right Down My Alley is the first single taken from Stanley Brinks and The Old Time Kaniks forthcoming double album Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques.

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Pre-order the double vinyl, double CD or digital versions of the album here.

Turtle Dove now available on CD

7 Nov

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You’ve been asking us for a while for a CD version of Stanley Brinks & The Kaniks’ “Turtle Dove”, following it’s vinyl only release for Record Store Day earlier in the year. So here it is – complete with lyrics booklet – in a gatefold style digifile sleeve. We’re shipping copies now from Fika HQ, so if you were after one, now’s your chance! It’ll be available in shops shortly – we’re expecting a mid December street date if you’d prefer to pick it up from your local record shop.
Buy your copy here with an immediate mp3/wav/flac download: http://shop.fikarecordings.com/album/turtle-dove

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Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques

6 Nov

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Not long now until we host Owl & Mouse and Model Village at the start of their tour, with support from Deerful. Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings


Come join us on the 23rd of November at Haunt N16 to see Owl & Mouse kick off their tour alongside Model Village. Joining us will be Deerful.

Advance tickets for the London show are available from WeGotTickets.

23rd Nov – Haunt, LONDON N16
26th Nov – Moat House, ROCHESTER
27th Nov – JT Soar, NOTTINGHAM
2nd Dec – The Blue Moon, CAMBRIDGE
3rd Dec – The Waiting Room, COLCHESTER
4th Dec – The Old Crown Inn, SHEFFIELD
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Stanley Brinks – aka André Herman Düne – returns with the new double album ‘Vieilles Caniques / Nouvelles Caniques’, the follow up to 2016’s Record Store Day Release ‘Turtle Dove’. Once again he is joined by the Norwegian folk collective The Kaniks, this time stripped back to a two piece of fiddle and banjo, ‘The Old Time Kaniks’.

This double album of modern day folk tales of love, loss and mischief was recorded during the same time period as ‘Turtle Dove’, on a remote island outside the small town of Egersund in south west Norway. Over the course of a week of midnight sun, midnight swims and midnight beers on their isolated rocky island, they lived and worked in the only building there, the now-unmanned mid 19th century Vibberodden
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Originally intended as two separate albums, the fact they were recorded on consecutive days, with the same band, it felt natural to present them as a double.
Thematically, apart from the titles – ‘Vieilles Caniques/Nouvelles Caniques’ (or ‘Old Kaniks/New Kaniks’ ) – there are some subtle differences between the two, a little more heartbreak and longing on the first, the second, lyrically a touch more content or resolved, something transitional in the life of SB maybe… though there’s plenty of songs about drinking on both too…!
It’s not unfeasible to imagine that the recording of ‘Old’, followed by an evening partying through the night in the lighthouse with André, transformed The Kaniks to the (bleary eyed/sore headed) ‘New’ the following morning!

Brinks is renowned for his unique anti-folk style: both playful and suggestive, insightful and entertaining. His mastery of storytelling, presented in both English and in French on these albums, brings us to the heart of the free-spirited world of Brinks’ life as a touring musician.
His fondness for calypso and the unusual provide the perfect foil to The Kaniks, whose folk instrumentation and country and bluegrass influences take this double album to a joyous place Brinks hasn’t been before in his extensive back catalogue.

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.

Press for Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks

You can’t go wrong with this encouraging sense of optimism that pervades the song list, backed by the variety of genres: drinking songs, bluegrass, love songs, polkas, calypso. “And the Violin” is a good example of this positive nature… A worthy addition to any music collection that opines inventive and memorable music.” Americana UK

Turtle Dove is a welcome addition to Stanley Brinks’ back catalogue; he’s one of the most imaginative and accomplished songwriters around today with an unerring instinct for creating atmospheric and engaging albums. Along with his collaborators, The Kaniks, Stanley Brinks has made yet another glorious album which celebrates the individuality of us all at the same time as it reminds us we’re not all that different, really, under the skin. I can see it becoming an indispensable part of my summer soundtrack and am very much looking forward to hearing the other two albums in this trilogy of Nordic antifolk. Great stuff!” Folk Radio

Press for Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures

There’s an electricity about their fourth joint album, especially the live-in-the-room playing and Brinks’ fallen choirboy vocals. The campfire singalongs Brighton and Berlin dispense boozy wisdom from Brinks’ 20-year touring lifestyle, and have an infectious Jonathan Richman-via-Cornershop vibe. Rootsier still, My Camel finds Brinks digging into his Moroccan background with a North African penny whistle, while Fire To My Mind is an irresistible calypso. All told: an absolute joy.” Q

…a set that’s as wistful and charming as it is playful and self-concious.” Uncut

The Wave Pictures’ classy post-punkish bite is a great foil to Brinks’ whimsy on these unhinged, loose-limbed story songs. Sometimes gin makes you win as much as sin.” NME

Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques is released on the 13th of January 2017. It will be available on double vinyl (one green, one white), a double CD digifile, or digitally to stream/download from the usual outlets.
Pre-order your copy from the Fika shop here.

Stanley Brinks and Freschard tour dates

1 Nov

November 4th MARSEILLE, France – La Machine a Coudre
November 5th ARLES, France – Le Magasin de jouets
November 23rd METZ, France – Bar 7/7
November 24th TBA
November 25th NANCY, France – Home sweet home festival #4
November 26th REIMS, France – TBC
November 27th REIMS, France – Quartier libre (tbc)
November 28th PARIS, France – L’Olympic Cafe
November 29th ZÜRICH, Switzerland – New Zitrone
December 1st FREIBURG, Germany – White Rabbit
December 2nd MANNHEIM, Germany – Altes Volksbad
December 3rd WAIBLINGEN, Germany – Fidel’s Fitz at Kulturhaus Schwanen
December 4th BAERENBACH,Germany – Shorty’s

Update: Turtle Dove

12 Apr

Unfortunately due to some delays with manufacture, Turtle Dove won’t be available for Record Store Day on Saturday. We’re very disappointed and have tried everything we can to find a solution, but without any luck. As such, we’ve had to put the release of Turtle Dove back to the 5th of May.

The good news is that you can now pre-order the record from us here – we’ll be shipping these out in advance of the official release date.

In the mean time, settle back and enjoy the two track digital single Too Much Women / For The Road…

Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks – Turtle Dove

8 Mar

For the first time ever, Fika Recordings is getting involved in Record Store Day!
Record shops, and the people who own and work in them, are wonderful. Before Fika got going (back when I had ‘free time’!), there’d be nothing better than spending lazy afternoons in Selectadisc in Nottingham, or Zulu in Vancouver, or Soundclash in Norwich, simply browsing, chatting and listening to records… buying a record I’d been meaning to pick up, and coming out with a few other treats that were completely new to me, many of which have gone on to become some of my favourite albums, and which still take me back to that very shop, listening to it for the very first time, all off the back of a recommendation from someone who really cared.
That’s what record shops mean to Fika, and that’s what Fika wants Record Store Day to be about – a celebration of great music, great people and great shops. So here we are, our first RSD release – here hopes we can all crowd out yet another over-priced deluxe re-issue double vinyl package of an album your Dad bought and never really liked anyway…

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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 at the invitation of the town’s mayor, 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. It is released digitally on the 22nd of April, from when any remaining copies will be available to order from the Fika Recordings online shop. It is preceded by the two track digital single Too Much Women on the 8th of April.

Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks

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.

The word “kanik” first came about when some people in the church choir realized how out of tune they were, and decided to call themselves the “cannots” (Norwegian “kan ikke”): those who can not sing.
The Kaniks are all traditional Norwegian musicians, and they actually are good singers. Brinks met them partying in the harbor of Egersund, a fishing town in the wild Southwest of Norway. They were all in different bands of all kinds, playing Cajun music, Johnny Cash covers, Norwegian folk songs, modern jazz, communist anthems, and West African instrumentals.

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