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Ripple Effect - Single Reviews: Serene Sensation & Peace, Love and Harmony

30 May 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Ripple Effect hail from the North Island of New Zealand, Palmerston North to be exact, and are best described as an uplifting 8-piece reggae band. This fresh band has just released a couple of incredible singles on Spotify

Ripple Effect is comprised of former students of the Contemporary Music Certificate and Diploma courses at UCOL in Palmerston North. The group was formed in 2016 and has gone through a line-up change earlier this year, growing from a three-piece to a six-piece ensemble.

Serene Sensation
has an unmistakable New Zealand Reggae groove; it's a solid well-constructed track, with all the traditional rhythmic accents which make Reggae music what it is. With lyrics that flow harmoniously together, this would be the perfect road-trip song.

Ripple Effect’s second single is Peace Love and Harmony is a bilingual beauty, sung in both English and Te Reo. While it cruises along in the traditional Reggae shuffle of around 80 beats per minute, it also has a fantastic ska middle section which completely lifts the song and shows that this particular track could really go off live.

It still astounds me the effect that Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley's visit to Aotearoa had on this country’s music, from the Herbs to the 12 Tribes of Israel, Te Mokai in Gisborne, House of Shem, and more recently Inati in Dunedin, and now Ripple Effect. With these two singles, Ripple Effect have shown that they can hold their own against some of the country's greatest Reggae bands.

Ripple Effect has supported acts such as Adeaze, House of Shem, Tomorrow People and Grammy Award Winning American Artist - Mya, as well as performing locally in the Access Manawatu Sounds of Summer concerts and various other concerts.

I am looking forward to when the album is released. I'm sure it would go down well in the lead up to Summer, and a nationwide tour would be a real treat too.

Review written by Darryl Baser
 

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