Welcome to the new album release
of Maya-dreamer and the Future Happiness Orchestra
as they launch
Light of the World!
It is the brain child of Martin Mackerras
known for his work with Laura Jean and the
Eden Land Band, Grand Salvo, Sally
Seltmann and currently in Ross Mclennan's
New World Orchestra. In a creative life
exploring both avant-garde composition
and experimental pop Martin Mackerras
has arrived at this album as
'The essence of
my musical and spiritual explorations"
The album draws on styles such as
avante pop, kraut rock, minimalism,
sound collage/ experimental classical
and has been dubbed 'existential' pop.
It also features predominantly the voice
and keyboards of one Elizabeth Mitchell
as well as Zach Schneider who have both
gone on to fame and critical success with
the ever wonderful Totally Mild. So fans of
Totally Mild have got a treat in store!!
In 2011 they released their critically acclaimed
album Love is your Destiny
(It’s baroque pop in the mode and scale of
Burt Bacharach or Pet Sounds. The layers
are as heady as the sentiments are sunny
and hopeful (see the album title)".
Doug Wallen , Mess and Noise
In 2015 Maya Dreamer were given a grant
by Creative Victoria to finish the album
'Light of the World' 'It is a large scale
experimental pop album for band and orchestra
with sophisticated musical arrangements- a musical
journey exploring songs, improvisation and collage
all over a conceptual narrative'
'Imagine being at a meditation camp but it turns
into a wild psychedelic party with a rock band -
after being in a trance it ends with everyone singing
an dancing in the moon light- that's kind of what
the album is like'
Over a period of 3 years the album was recorded
and mixed and is now complete!
The band is back together and with a new line up
Martin Mackerras, Francis Plagne, Jo Abbott , Michelle Lam,
Daniel Brates, Kate Connor all playing a variety of
instruments including guitars, bass, keyboards, samples,
drums, percussion, strings, winds and vocals and joined
on stage by the Future Happiness Orchestra!
Gemma Horbury on projections.
Small World Experience are doing the support
please come and help us celebrate as we launch the CD!
Bella Union Friday Nov 18 doors at 8.30 $20/$15
Trades Hall 54 Victoria St Carlton
'Love is your destiny' is now available through this website
"Beautiful melodies wrong footed by meandering chords, the arrangements are
seductive and disorienting".(Ross McLennan)
As if his six piece band wasn't big enough composer and vocalist Martin Mackerras also employed the services
of extra vocalist and an orchestra to complete his debut album , and took 4 years in the process.
The result is an ambitious collection of dreamy soundscapes , free flowing instrumentals and pop flirtations,
The lyrics are every bit as gentle and feature plenty of 'pah-pah-pahs' for added softness. Split into 3
suites of songs, with an interlude between each, the tracks meander along nicely. The care free closing
Be What You Are out does them all, though, with it's 11 plus minute blend of electronic, folk and
orchestra becoming truly hypnotic by the end. Despite some complex arrangements it all sounds
delightfully an perversely simple.
Paul Smith, Sydney Morning Herald
'May Dreamers were amazing tonight, incredible even! Like a krautrock Steely Dan meets Cobra &
Phases Group-era Stereolab with mega harmonies!'
Dan Lewis, Special Awards
- What a pleasant surprise this is, sneaking into my ears so late in the year. The gentle warmth of
Melbourne's May Dreamers' psych, folk-pop drifting in and pushing back the unseasonable cool
of summer so far. One of the first things I thought upon hearing both Love Is Your Destiny and
an attendant remix disc based around the rather sweet, hilarious and stalkerish The Brooke Satchwell
Song, is that I hadn't heard anything psychedelic, home-grown and so good since the similarly,
criminally unheralded Deviant nature by Sydney's Kevin Purdy, late last year. They both feature
lush lush psych reverb overlaying really rather brilliant retro-pop song-writing. Purdy managed
to make it sound like he was playing with an orchestra (replete with Ravi Shankar in there somewhere
for maximum trippiness) whereas the mastermind of May Dreamers, Martin Mackerras, actually
employed one, along with his core, 6 piece band and backing vocalists, to pull off the rich and
complex orchestration you'll hear on Love Is Your Destiny. The other thing that Mackerras and
Purdy have in common is that whole 'music first, promotion second thing': I think they were
almost surprised when folks in their home towns took to their work with such ardour! Only as a
distant after-thought did they imagine that the rest of the country might want to get some of
this. Well, as I said, this really has been flying ridiculously below the radar so I don't mind giving it
a bit of a re-up in the promotional department, a month or two after it's initial release. Within the
psych goodness there's other stuff going on for May Dreamers. As you might have guessed from
a title like The Brooke Satchwell Song (Love Is Your Destiny) Mackerras is not averse to a little humour
and he delivers it in his quiet, gentle voice and a manner that is utterly deadpan. It reminds me
most strongly of Geoffrey O'Connor, especially his Crayon Fields records, before he went solo and all 80s.
Mackerras and O'Connor are like two divergant paths from the same retro-pop source: Crayon
Fields crisp purity of 60s pop sound and May Dreamers' Mamas and Papas descending into a sea of
reverb. As you listen into the back end of the record you'll hear more florid, progressive sounds -
the May Dreamers pull out the stops and let the pop slide into the back seat, creating great big
psych-folk-rock edifices that put a depth and staying power in this record that should keep you
coming back. I've had so much fun with May Dreamers; it is always great to receive an excellent
record that is unexpected. May Dreamers, you have made my day.
Chris Cobcroft: 4ZzZ-FM Web site
As bleak and fitful as Laura Jean’s latest album is, her bandmate Martin Mackerras has struck out
on his own with something starkly different. Using a six-piece band plus singers and an orchestra,
Mackerras’s hour-plus debut as May Dreamers is reliably airy despite just how much is happening
at one time. It’s baroque pop in the mode and scale of Burt Bacharach or Pet Sounds. The layers
are as heady as the sentiments are sunny and hopeful (see the album title). The amorphous
closer ‘Be What You Are’ is even dedicated to his son.
Doug Wallen: Mess and Noise
'A beautiful recording'
'Love is your destiny'
It's the debut album by
May Dreamers and The
Future Happiness Orchestra
Now available at Polyester Fitzroy , Ritual Music North Fitzroy, Readings (in store and website) ,
Basement Discs in the city! Rocking Horse in Bris. also on band camp.
May Dreamers 'the brooke satchwell song' EP
Now Available at Polyester Fitzroy , Ritual Music North Fitzroy
and at our online store
Watch the video now on the videos page