Black Southeaster

by Benguela

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Subduction 05:37
Achilles 04:34
Neap 06:45
Pacific Gyre 08:10
Meridian 04:39
Moschops 06:48
Spitzkop 05:48


We spent a whole day in the studio improvising - just playing music together in Dan's amazing studio space. We then spent a year choosing, editing, adding instruments, mixing and listening back at Dirk's home studio, getting together a couple of times a week after-hours. Dirk really put in the lion's share of the work, meticulously EQing each instrument and gently chipping away at our resistance to add yet another layer of wildly distorted guitar. We thank him for his persistence.
Recorded at Sui Studios, Cape Town on the 9th May 2009
Recorded by Dirk Hugo and Dan Manojlovic
Produced by Dirk Hugo and Benguela
Mastered by Matthew de Nobrega at Timecode Mastering
Artworks and text by Zara-Moon Arthur
Layout and screen printing by Righard Kapp


"Benguela have recorded one of the finest South African albums of 2010. It's just going to take some time to digest it all. Black Southeaster is sprawling music for the adventurous mind." - Lloyd Gedye for the Mail & Gaurdian

"Because fuck me with a feral legion of priapic Werewolves (all the disgruntled LA gym boys who failed the Twilight cut), fuck me with a mountain-sized dildo fashioned from the melted down chassis’ of a squadron of Black Hawks, fuck me with the still-frozen head of Walt Disney – the new Benguela CD is stupendously good!" - Brandon Edmonds for Mahala

"The great strength of Benguela is that they never overcomplicate things, always keeping the music within the grasp of the listener. Spontaneous compositions that are as likely to be dark, dense and churning as ramblingly, languorously, billowingly atmospheric." Richard Haslop for Audio Video Magazine


released July 23, 2010

Alex Bozas: guitars, bouzouki, glockenspiel, synth & ebow
Brydon Bolton: double & electric basses
Ross Campbell: drums, percussion, water & frogs
Derek Gripper: viola on tracks 1 & 4
Gustavo Fasani: bandoneon on track 8


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Benguela Cape Town, South Africa

Every gig Benguela play is a spur of the moment, creative cesspool that straddles both the ambient and angular.

Brydon Bolton (double bass), Alex Bozas (guitar), Ross Campbell (drums)

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