Review by Clare Knight
I for one, am quite glad that Bedouin Soundclash are back and have a great new album for us. A band that are often called reggae but actually mix reggae, rock, punk and soul to create their unique sound. Light The Horizon is the fourth album from the band and is out on 23rd May, recorded via the band’s own label Pirates Blend Records (a positive thing to see in the industry at the moment.)
Although this album has an eclectic mix of styles there are still tracks such as A Chance of Rain, The Quick & The Dead and Mountain Top that feature the syncopated island beat fans come to expect. If I am honest I would like to hear a few more of those tracks on the record, but maybe I was just spoilt with previous favourite songs from the band! The rest of the album does anything but disappoint though. The duet on Brutal Hearts between Malinowski and Beatrice Martin (aka Coeur de pirate) is both a perfect pairing and hauntingly beautiful. Elongo is another one of the stand out tracks for me from this album as it has a monumental chorus and with the added string arrangements it lifts the song onto a whole new level of epic-ness!
Songs such as No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt and May You Be The Road showcase the effortless distinctive vocal harmonies, which sound very natural and add to the ethereal sound the band seem to be moving towards with this album.
Co-founder and bassist Eon Sinclair talks about the record: “It’s a really optimistic and hopeful record,” he says. “That’s been said about some of the stuff we’ve done in the past, but this time we’re just feeling more self-assured and more confident in doing what it is that we do in Bedouin Soundclash. It’s positive and optimistic and forward-looking.”
They have succeeded in making this a positive and evocative album and there is definitely an element of hope in most of the songs. It becomes very cohesive when you read what the band were aiming for then go and listen to the album again with a different perspective. (Not many albums have made me do that!)
Bedouin Soundclash are doing shows in the UK in May and I will definitely be there! Will you?
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Photo: Maren Farra