Bedouin Soundclash – Light the Horizon

January 01, 1970

(Nat Geo Music)

 

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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
Harper.

 

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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