Bedouin Soundclash: Salt Water
The Juno-nominated duo's first new music in almost a decade is an instantly appealing treat, mixing horns, vibes, and dub inflections.
By Kerry Doole
Bedouin Soundclash - Salt Water (Mr Bongo/Easy Star): To say it has been a long wait for new music from Bedouin Soundclash is quite the understatement. Almost a decade on from the release of the 2010 album Light The Horizon, the Juno-nominated duo comprising Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair has just put out this new single.
The track is instantly appealing and dishes up a gumbo of musical flavours. It has a brassy intro featuring the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band on horns that settle atop a dubby groove, Mike Dillon (Les Claypool) on vibes and marimba adds to the fun, and Malinowski's vocals are typically easy on the ear. The lyrics are similarly original - when is the last time you heard 'braggadocio' in a pop song?
Salt Water is taken from the band’s fifth record, MASS, set for release later this year. According to a press release, "the album spans two communities, recorded in New Orleans with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at the St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy. The result is a horn-heavy, jazz-infused feel that draws from its historic surroundings."
That sounds enticing, and we await the album with keen interest.
During the duo's long hiatus, Malinowski wrote a novel and released two solo albums while bassist Eon Sinclair was busy doing session work and DJing.