Friday, February 1, 2013

CD Review: Okapi Guitar Band's 'Plenty'

Okapi Guitar Band

Australia’s Okapi Guitar Band is a truly world music act creating music that spans numerous countries and continents with ease. The giddy guitar rhythms, vocals, lap steel, bass, pedal steel, dundun, keyboard, drumkit, congas, doumbek, cowbell, trumpet, trombone, sax, and other instruments make up the band’s unique sound. “Man In The Fluoro Vest” seems like a concoction brewed by the Cambodian/American band, Dengue Fever. The psychedelic melody and quirky lyrics is a winner. The folksy “Cut And Run” is anything but cut and dry, since its galloping tune reflects a little Afro-Caribbean and Congolese presence. Plenty is aptly-titled, because there are many reasons to love this album. Each track is different and seems to reflect a different part of the globe. The nearly one-hour-and-ten-minute length is definitely worth the money. There are tropical rhythms, Latin touches, African brilliance, and Aussie splendor that is not to be missed. This is a great album for world music or fusion fans. ~ Matthew Forss

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