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Blue River Baby - Single Review: Black Yard Town

19 Feb 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville

The Blue River Baby band have been working and evolving in Wellington for the last two years or so, and this tune is a clear representation of the style and sound that they have developed. Black Yard Town moves through a range of tempo and dynamic changes in a funk/ soul context, with an arrangement that is in one way tight and at the same time fluid.

You can hear the band working together in this recording, there is a real sense of experienced performers who understand the concepts of dynamics and groove, and how to add  flavour with improvisation.

The end result is powerful, and confident. Kudos to Blue River Baby for releasing this song-as a “single”- that is 7 minutes long. It's an emphatic musical statement, and It requires  a full listen (right to the very end!). Any edits that would cut the time down a traditional 3 minute format would do the song a grave disservice.

This is certainly  a band that would be worth seeing live, and this release categorically demonstrates their collective impact and skills.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Blue River Baby

Blue River Baby Band (BRBB) are a charting NZ rocking psychedelic soul and funk blues rock band from Wellington New Zealand. A hard working Six-piece outfit made up of killer NZ talent, their original music invites us to find conscience loving connections with each other and our surroundings.

The Band who came together in 2016 in Wellington, were drawn together for their combined love of making music to move and connect people. The result that has captivated audiences at their shows, is a powerful infusion of vintage rock with elements of blues, funk dub, soul, ska and reggae.

With an organic, rocking sound that has been storming stages and filling rooms over the past few years. Blue River Baby Band pull together an epic group of groove monsters and deliver a unique, addictive sound with brilliant results. BRBB are ‘Dianna Ross’ like Ivy Padilla (Panda) Lead vocals, Cam Crawford Keys and vocals, Jason Hotton Drums, Dave Bamford Bass, Matt Fitzpatrick Guitar, John Gaulter Sax and woodwind.

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