The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara

FRESH: ‘Mata Hari’ – The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara

The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara remember “Mata Hari”

You will never meet another band with a name or the sound of The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara! Andrea Papi and Daphne Ang formed the duo in 2019 and have so far released three singles this year. Their fourth, “Mata Hari” – an exotic dancer who was born Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod in 1876 – is their latest and is out today. “Mata Hari” reimagines the sound of the 1980’s in the year 2080, thickly layered with synths and electro beats there are echoes of Depeche Mode as well a a splash or Moroder.

The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara say “‘Mata Hari’ is told through the eyes of an artist, who creates a painting as a declaration of love and as a testament to the intensity of emotions and feelings (for another) when words and action were inadequate”. “Mata Hari” is the most diversive and experimentalist work of the pair to date as they continue to forge a unique position for themselves in the music industry. Based in London, Andrea and Daphne are inspired by the musical innovations of Kraftwerk and TOOL and the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf and Jim Morrison.

The duo released their debut single, “Atoms” earlier this year and followed that with the daring “Psychopath’s Monologue”, at a whopping nine and a half minutes long! “Mata Hari” doesn’t extend that long but will form part of their debut album, “Full Spectrum”, which is due out very soon and promises to be a work of art in itself.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!