Manitoba : Paul’s Birthday

Light avant-dinner jazz sprinkled liberally but tastefully over rippling garage ruffness.

The Paul in question is a friend of Dan Snaith, who as Manitoba makes records which are hard to write about without sounding like a jazz bore who’s just swallowed a dictionary. This was the track Snaith, a 22-year-old classically trained musician from Toronto who holds an MA in Pure Mathematics, presented to Paul as a gift on his birthday last year and now, well, it’s his gift to the whole world. The style? Light avant-dinner jazz sprinkled liberally but tastefully over rippling garage ruffness. Awfully clever, strangely addictive. Pretty weird for Paul if he ever hears ‘his’ present on the radio or in a club: bet he doesn’t feel quite so special now, eh? Some best friend Snaith turned out to be.

Piers Martin