Foster is rocking on ‘Zimbabwe’ for the most part but with a lovely light Jazz player’s touch, can’t say that I hear funk in the rhythm section despite all the wah-wah guitar.
Big Youth was big in my youth, as well as Bob Marley.
‘Rhodesia’ doesn’t hold any real political relevance … more a case of spurting soundbites (we have reggae/funk on that one, clavinet even!).
The vocals are layered in such a way that the lyrics don’t make proper sense if laid out sequentially in the order they appear, they’re broken sentences, and the concept is that these phrases would need to be deciphered, thus the title. The listener might pick out phrases and have their own interpretations of what is being said or suggested, as if overhearing part of a conversation. And as you point out, the vocal melody is woven into the musical arrangement as opposed to taking the role of lead.
Thanks Dan. ‘Exit North’ is still in progress albeit working around each member’s schedules. The work is based in Göteborg to which I’ve made trips to record in Charlie Storm’s studio and will be heading back in February to hopefully complete mixing. We are continually moving the project forward in the meantime by electronically exchanging audio files with new additions and changes. I won’t venture into describing the music except to say that it’s song based material with an emphasis on acoustic arrangements.
rhodes to nowhere
(snaps by Steve Jansen / Ulf Jansson)