Theyre kindred spirits to Waka Flocka Flame in that sense. And that sense only.
But enough teasing about Jackie-Os name. Lets tease them for recording a patience-trying album.
Earth Sound System contains a pair of tracks one exactly seven minutes and eight seconds in length, and one sitting right at nine and a half that might not even be music. Theyre titled Raga Joining and Raga Separating, respectively, and are both experimental droners that dont sound anything like well, anything, really. They sound like what your typical layperson probably thought the inside of computers sounded like in 1987: lots of offbeat clicks and whirrs, and percussion instruments that bands often think are really funny.
The album marks a pretty stark difference from 1995 when the collective its hard to call them a band when theyve had more than 40 members over the years, only one of them constant started out as a freeform jazz outfit. Their sounds pretty clearly evolved into a rustic, psych-folk-type thing. Lots of finger-picking on the guitar that nicely comfits around Tom Greenwoods dreary singing, which is basically an earthier, less-British take on Jason Pierce of Spiritualized. Its lovely and comforting, like a big, sloppy St. Bernard licking at your face.
With this formula, In the Willows and Dedication both redeem the albums title, but not Earth Sound System as a whole. Its too spaced-out to be saved. Matt Carney