Friday, August 31, 2018
Dawn Gardens Part 2 starts side B with another slow fade up with just the guitar and cymbals before the rest of the band kicks in for one of the more heavy numbers on this album but quite short. Sunrite is a quite different mood to start and a slow steady drum and repeated guitar line as a theme slowly develops and then when you think it is going to peak, it dies down and a new guitar riff kicks in a new direction begins. A bit of the stoner rock feel and heavy doomy stuff that was on a few tracks of the first record appears later but the nice organ really compliments it well. Atlas ends this excellent record and a track that reminds e a lot of Causa Sui! One of my faves in 2018, please check it out if you like instrumental music.
About the vinyl, it was supposed to be released on the HeviSike label, like the first record and due out in April. Apparently the records were pressed but the label never approved the artwork and the label owner has either died or just gone crazy. This has put the band in a very bad position as the pre-orders have all had to be refunded now and those that were more than 6 months old, might not be able to as that is the limit with paypal. Lets hope that it does come out on vinyl but no other label will put it out until this is solved. Sorry guys. Great record and cool band. Nice people as well. Support this band. I would love to see these guys at Roadburn!
It has been 4 years since the last Seun Kuti record and he has continued to play all over the world bring the Afrobeat sound and message of change. This album features 8 songs over 4 LP sides and some very potent lyrics (although they are a lot shorter and more to the point) and themes of change. Last Revolutionary starts things off with a great groove and high energy. Seun plays a lot more keyboards on this album than previously. This very much a vocal oriented track as there is singing almost throughout the entire track. Black Times is about passing on the heritage of black people’s culture to the next generation and pretty unusual for Afrobeat, it features several guitar solos by none other than Carlos Santana. What a great track. Corporate Public Control Department (CPCD) about how he new government is always the same as the old and nothing ever happens to better the life of the people. It starts as a slower piece but then the groove kicks in and the horn section creates the main motif for the song. Again, not a lot of lyrics but a lot of singing, repeated over and over. Kuku Kee Me (not sure what that means in Nigerian) but it is an angry one. This has a great intense groove and the mid-section break has some great horn playing.
Black Man Lighter (BML) is about smoking in public! Weed, maybe? The groove is a bit “stoned” and slower and the horns take the lead at first with several sections of the same repeated theme before the arrangement changes and vocals kick in and sing nearly the entire song and then the theme comes back again. African Dreams, one of the longest tracks on the record, is about how the youth in Africa have bought into the corporate capitalism and are not thinking about the fate of Africa. The guitar line is classic Fela afrobeat on this slower track and contains a lot more lyrics than are printed in the album sleeve! Struggle Sounds starts the last side of the album and has a footstomping beat and then the bass kicks in and off we go. The final track, Theory of Goat and Yam is one of my faves on the record. Great track and another classic afrobeat record. I would like to see the band make longer tracks but they extend these tracks a lot when they play live. Enjoy.
Prisma Circus is a trio from Barcelona, Spain that have made some pretty cool blues rock stuff in the past. I was surprised how much the band has cranked this one up a notch with by far the most hard hitting and wild guitar solos than ever before. The songs are sun in a mixture of English for some and Spanish for others. Promethea’s Armageddon starts things off with a fast intro before settling down for the vocal section. There is some really intense interplay between the guys, that reminds me a bit of Radio Moscow. Lots of interesting changes and great wah guitar work. El Blues del Matusser is another hard rocking blues track with some organ thrown in here and there as the band just rock out but with this great bluesy groove and bass line. El Loco y El Mago slows things down a bit and is an instrumental track, also with organ. The focus is on the great guitar playing though. Fake Coral Snake starts off with a crazy phased, panned guitar like guit war by Frank Marino but only last 1min before the band just kicks in hard and heavy. Cool track. The Obselete Man, again reminds me of Radio Moscow but with much darker lyrics. Actually, the lyrics are quite “heavy” and deal with dark subjects. I love the bass and lead guitar interaction on this fast pace rocker. Preludio" is the name of the prelude in acoustic guitar of "El guia de la Santa Compaña" and both together build a whole piece of music. This is another fast paced number but with a nice melodic thread in the guitar.Los pasos del Coloso is the last song on the record with a more relaxed vibe and some nice organ complimenting. Nice way to close this record. Overall, a very strong record and fans of Radio Moscow should check this one out.