[ Arch Hill Recordings New Zealand / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 4 April 2006
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Luke Buda (of The Phoenix Foundation) has a unique melodic aptitude, a soft spot for lush synthy excess and a lolloping rhythmic charm - some absurdly good future New Zealand pop.
Born in Poland, Lukasz Pawel Buda aka Luke Buda, came to New Zealand in 1987 - a year he remembers because it's when the All Blacks last won the Rugby World Cup! 'Special Surprise' is actually Buda's second solo outing - his 1st a '02 mini-album called 'The C-Sides' described by Grant Smithies in the Sunday Star Times as "distressingly addictive”, awarding it 4/5 stars.
Most people will know Buda from his dayjob in The Phoenix Foundation. They've released an EP and two albums, the most recent having just sold gold in NZ. Both albums were nominated for 'Album of the Year' at the NZ Music Awards. Buda is responsible for many great Phoenix Foundation songs, such as "Going Fishing" from 'Horsepower' and "Sea World" from 'Pegasus'.
Most of the songs on 'Special Surprise' were written and recorded in early 2005 during an especially productive time, following the recording of 'Pegasus' and prior to the birth of Luke's son Moses. Luke says "It was my version of the 'nesting' associated with the coming of a new human - it's been said many husbands and partners renovate the house or build the extra room during pregnancy as a way of contributing. I guess my way was to record an album. 'Special Surprise' is like the healing balm.”
The album was recorded at Luke's home perched up on high of an Aro Valley cliff, the Car Club & The Surgery and mixed by Lee Prebble [Trinity Roots, Phoenix Foundation, Dave Dobbyn and more] and features a generous selection of Wellis finest musos, including Craig Terris [Cassette] on drums & backing vocals; most of the Phoenix Foundation [Sam Scott, Conrad Wedde, Will Ricketts, Richie Singleton] on vocals, keyboards, guitars, percussion, hand claps and more; Rio Hemopo [ex-Trinity Roots] on bass; Luke Benge [The Inkling] on keys; Sarah Jane Pardon [Moses' Mum] on vocals; Mike Fab [The Black Seeds] on guitar & Tom Callwood [Little Bushmen] on bass. Make no mistake though, 'Special Surprise' is Buda's songs, recorded as Buda intended.
Luke Buda has a unique melodic aptitude, a soft spot for lush synthy excess and a lolloping rhythmic charm - we think he has come up trumps with some absurdly good future pop. Yes, it is, as it says on the tin, a 'Special Surprise' indeed!
"Hits like a warm wave - 'Special Surprise' speaks from the heart.”
- Lindsay Davis, DomPost / 4 stars [from five]
1. Cosmic Danse
2. Special Surprise
3. The Stallion
4. Sauerkraut Bossa
5. The Prophet
6. Slav To The Rhythm
7. The Werewolf
8. Dimiti’s Blues
9. Atomic Pash
11. A Helpful Hand