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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant slow-burning oddity, 25 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: FRKWYS Vol. 9: Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras meet The Congos (Audio CD)
I've had this LP for some time now and only recently had a bit of an epiphany. For the first couple of listens I came away with the feeling that I would rather be listening to "Heart of The Congos" or "On Patrol" but not perhaps at the same time.
Skip forward a few months I dug out the CD again, approaching with fresh ears and it has blossomed in my mind to a bit of a beauty. Like a child on a bike with stabilisers it starts a bit wobbly then really finds its feet as it travels along.
All of the tracks are strongly roots-based consciousness vocally as you'd expect from The Congos - I can't remember the last time I listened to such a 100% uplifting album.

If you are aware of Cameron Stallone's output as Sun Araw you might be surprised at the respectful sensitivity of the accompanying soundscapes. The music is never allowed to swamp the vocals and acts as a perfect, if eccentric, accompaniment. The vibe is shamanic like much of his early output with seashell percussion and searching psych guitars. The highlights for me are the mantras of 'Sunshine', 'Invocation' but particularly 'Thanks and Praise' which invokes the spirit of Popul Vuh, The Cosmic Jokers and other Kosmiche alumni infused with Rastafari. It really is a blissful meeting of minds and worlds.

Where this could've been a godawful culture-clash of stoner white boys meeting their heroes, against the odds it has created one of my favourite mood-enhancing albums in recent years. And any chance to hear again the vocal interplay between Cedric's sweet falsetto and Ashanti Roy's deep, deep tenor is a moment to be treasured.
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2013 02:32:42 GMT
andy says:
brilliant review! love this wicked release!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 09:40:10 GMT
Thanks for that - I love it; a real grower in a field of one.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 10:19:24 GMT
andy says:
no need to thank me, you totally deserved it, when i try to explain to my mates the content of this album I always feel like a kid with just a few words in the pocket, now it's going to be like a walk in the park thanks to your witty writing :) as a token of my gratitude I would like to recommend two titles which should be right up your alley, those are : The Reason Why Vol. 1 by Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra (no review yet, just saying ;) as well as something more danceable in its scope; International Feel: A Compilation [Limited Edition] (again, no review supplied so far :) maybe you'll find time to check them out...
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