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artist Mani Khaira

Vancouver, BC, CANADA
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At first listen, Mani Khaira's album, "Between Pure Love & Thunderbolts" takes one on a journey that crosses indie/pop/rock genres and all ranges of emotion. The work flows together as an entirety, book-ended with the opening and closing of a grand piano. "More", and "Warpaint" begin as a lush narrative witnessing the intensity of emerging new love, followed by the haunting rawness of love's dissolve. "Oblige" fully showcases the power in Mani's vocal range, lifting the tone with a bouncing beat and melodic intricacy heard from his fingertips. Thematically, "Between Pure Love…" chronicles a 'coming-of-age' period, centered around "Myself & My Freedom", about the liberation that comes from self acceptance. Notable mentions include "Ocean", where sometimes the hardest thing to do is let one's guard down to another, and "Anything You Ask", an anthem about relinquishing inhibitions and giving into love.

"Between Pure Love & Thunder Bolts" was released to acclaim from the independent music scene. The Toronto Sun quoted Mani as one of the "top 10 artists not to be missed during Canadian Music Week". Mani has opened for and shared stages with John Mayer, Dan Mangan, Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, and 54-40. He has performed throughout North America and Europe, playing in a variety of club and festival settings.
 
Mani is currently writing material for a near-future release.

 

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Mani Khaira Singer, piano player

influences

tori amos
muse
regina spektor
animal collective
metric
m83
ray charles
david bowie
edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros
bat for lashes
andrew bird
hannah georgas
Phoenix
The Knife
broken social scene
Between Pure Love & Thunder Bolts
Independent
October, 2009
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