Maxine Funke / P Wits - QuaranTunes Series No.014

12″ Edition of 36. Numbered. Riso Looseleaf cover / back art printed at Looky Here.


Recorded on July 17, 2020 as part of Feeding Tube’s Zoom concert series, QuaranTunes, we find New Zealand’s Maxine Funke, aided by the always mysterious guitarist P Wits, playing some of the most beautiful sounds around.

Several of the songs on the first side have appeared on Maxine’s brilliant records, and they are given gorgeously stark illumination that recalls the hermetic wonder of Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green. Her words and the lightly played guitar seem to emerge from somewhere beyond time, with a quality that is weightless and grounded at the same time.

The second side is a longer new piece, matching keyboard otherness to her voice and the guitar with a feel that seems somehow more rooted in the modern musical traditions of NZ, without sacrificing any of its newness.

As Sun Ra once said, “It’s a motherfucker. Don’t ya know.” You will be sad to have missed this.

-Byron Coley, 2021

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