Manzo - Outsider
Release date 2 September (pre-orders from 21st July)
'Outsider’ is Manzo's second studio album. It features a range of guest vocalists and musicians from the Wellington region.
Very topical themes of corporate greed, politics, masculinity and social pressure, are woven with tales of loss and love, but in an ultimately uplifting album full of humour and hope.
Infusing pop, rock, electronic, classical, hip hop and dance, along with some blatant ‘80s and ‘90s vibes, the music reflects Manzo’s broad musical influences, and also his refusal to be pigeon holed and constrained by genre.
Classical arrangements flow into grungy electric guitar, synthesised beats support cello and brass. Guest vocalists bring a range of styles, from soul to soprano, from rap to raunchy rock chick. It’s a celebration of how different styles can be brought together in harmony.
This is an album that talks about the frustrations and flaws of our modern world to anybody that understands how it feels to be perceived as different. It’s a salute to the outsider.