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Blue River Baby - Single Review: Blue River Baby

06 Jun 2019 // A review by Trevor Faville
The hard working Wellington based 'electric psychedelic soul and funk rock' ensemble Blue River Baby have released their self-titled and third single as a video.


Blue River Baby
clearly has the same evolution as Walk of Shame and Black Yard Town. The musical elements have evolved as part of an organic process and sound like they have been well tested in the live format. This gives Blue River Baby the feel of a ‘set closer’. Certainly, the song has a lively instrumentation, full of individual character and it is structured dynamically for maximum impact.

Blue River Baby show their own evolution in jazz and funk by treating everything like an instrument. The work of vocalist Ivy Padilla is almost like an alto saxophone solo and the guest rap makes a strong rhythmic contribution- almost an extra percussionist.

This is of course, a key element in many of the great soul and funk bands. Melody doesn’t dominate quite so much (as it does, say, in Pop music), rather it sits on top and around a carefully arranged set of musical interactions. All the parts back up and accentuate the others - it's almost a polyphonic texture. It makes for rewarding listen because everywhere you go to in this song you will find skilled playing and singing. In addition, the whole sound together is powerful and full.

Blue River Baby clearly understand this, and the song of the same name is a powerful and effective artefact of a band with a clear understanding of its craft.

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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