Bedouin Soundclash – Light the Horizon

January 01, 1970

(Nat Geo Music)


It’s been nearly four years since Toronto’s Bedouin
Soundclash has released new music, but with Light
the Horizon,
the band has returned with its infectious blend of reggae and
ska rock. A Juno Award-winning trio that made a name for itself on the 2005
Vans Warped Tour, this time around the band is less punky and a little more Ben


While I’m personally not much of a reggae or ska fan, I must
admit that I find the band’s sound to be extremely catchy. Reminiscent of early
Police, think Reggatta de Blanc and Zenyattà Mondatta, as well as The Clash
on “Guns of Brixton,” there’s definitely a maturation going on with the band’s fourth
full-length release.  Songs like
“Mountain Top” and “Elongo,” as well as the moody “A Chance of Rain” really
deliver with a fresh and somewhat funky mix of world meets hipster rock.


Teaming up with DJ/producer King Britt, a member of alt ’90s
hip-hop act Digable Planets, who has also worked with Macy Gray and Santigold,
they have crafted a lush record that manages to keep things interesting and
never boring. Singer Jay Malinowski has a distinct vocal style that draws you
right in. A short record, the release has 10 tracks and last only 34 minutes,
but maybe they figured keeping it short and to the point avoided distracting
the listener.


DOWNLOAD: “Mountain
Top,” “Elongo” JOSE MARTINEZ



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