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Performer: Able Tasmans
Genre: Other
Title: A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down
FLAC version ZIP size: 1232 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1132 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1868 mb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 678

A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down. For over a decade, the Able Tasmans were one of the most-loved New Zealand bands around.

Cuppa Tea & a Lie Down has been added to your Cart. A major work from this New Zealand indie group, A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down comes highly recommended to those in love with the sophisticated and delicate arrangements of the New Zealand rock scene's Flying Nun label sound. While some of their peers in the productive period of '80s and '90s down under produced edgy, loud guitar music inside the framework of pop, Able Tasmans temper their largely acoustic sound with keyboards and acoustic arrangements in place of corrosive guitars. A great album filled with sweet and crafty pop songs that will hold much appeal to fans of intelligent guitar pop; Yo la Tengo, Belle & Sebastian, the Bats, and Television Personalities spring to mind.

Able Tasmans were an indie pop band from Auckland, New Zealand, initially formed as a duo in 1983. They released four albums and two EPs on Flying Nun Records before splitting up in 1996. Organist Leslie Jonkers joined before the band recorded their debut album (A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down (1987)), with Stuart Greenway replacing Baxter on drums. Humphreys, Keen, and Jonkers became the core of the band, and for the second album (Hey Spinner!

Able Tasmans’ influences lie more in Look Blue Go Purple’s curiosity than any other Flying Nun band. Their hilariously titled debut studio album, A Cuppa Tea and A Lie Down, finds Able Tasmans tinkering with lively piano arrangements, lushly layered organs, and twangy acoustic guitars. Able Tasmans looked at the Talking Heads and Meat Puppets for inspiration when the rest of Flying Nun’s bands looked at Wire or the Modern Lovers

In contrast to some of their louder peers on Flying Nun, Able Tasmans boast a more acoustic jangle-pop focused sound that’s fleshed out nicely with keys. That doesn’t leave them by any means delicate, as opener What Was That Thing will attest. The band is more just as likely to indulge in a gorgeous strum as they are to incorporate wild and cathartic yelps and they push and pull between ecstatic and contemplative over the course of the album. This stands as their magnum opus, a gem of a sprawling album that pushes all over the map of Dunedin jangle at the time (though they were in fact from Whangarei), pulling in catchy charms, spastic angst, and even more experimental bits of spoken word collage. It stands as a true highlight in the Flying Nun catalog. The band would follow it three years later with the more compact Hey Spinner! and push on into the nineties before disbanding.

Album A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down. There is a rainbow and there is life There is a rainbow and there is life Got to make some sense in our life (Repeated). A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down Able Tasmans.

The first album, 1987's A Cuppa Tea and A Lie Down, showed off a denser, more eclectic sound and more sophisticated songwriting, with Keen now very much the lead singer. By this time, the Whangarei duo had swelled into a collective. A group photo on the back of the album sleeve included no fewer than 21 musicians and creative helpers. Although the album was released under the name Humphreys and Keen, former Able Tasmans Dodd, Young, Leslie Jonkers and Craig Mason were all involved in one way or another. It is not going to too far to say that The Overflow, with its lush string and brass arrangements and Andre Upston's engineering, is the most fully-realised album the Able Tasmans never made. Original bassist David Beniston died suddenly in Melbourne on May 11 2011 of an aneurism.