Don’t know when I’ll be back again…
Kiki Pau: Pines
Tell me what it is you like about music. Because I’m pretty sure Kiki Pau does it on this album. It takes this Finnish band four tracks to cover 45 minutes, each one more a rock-and-roll suite than a song, amassing styles, genres and varied instrumentation along the way. Moving, transcendent, unique, progressive and very, very good.
Hailing from Niger, Goumar Almoctar, aka Bombino, has a backstory that reads like a movie. All that aside, his music is an hypnotic electric-guitar-driven caravan across the desert. Equal parts dreamy rhythm and old-school rocking, his guitar is a unique, constant presence on the album. Listening to the distortion match a trance groove, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that Dan Auerbach produced.
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko
Hailing from the music-rich Mali, Kouyate’s 3rd album with band Ngoni Ba is a delight. The band centers on the playing of ngonis – basically an older cousin to the guitar. Through amplification and effects, the sound is like a roots blues from another dimension, utterly unique and addictive. The songs layer the simple and the intricate, rhythms and melodies both primal and futuristic. Try something different…