Light The Horizon - Bedouin Soundclash
With 2010’s solo project, Bright Lights and Bruises, Jay Malinowsky got in touch with his sensitive singer/songwriter side. Call it the Jack Johnson disease, but that, combined with the departure of Soundclash pounder, Pat Pengelly has kicked the reggae/punk trio’s aggression to the curb. Or, maybe it was the result of communing with the trees in the wilds of Malinowsky’s homeland, beautiful British Columbia. In Vancouver following a Winter Olympics performance, Jay and bassist Eon Sinclair hooked up with new drummer, Sekou Lumumba who, according to the band’s biography is "cool," "laid-back," "relaxed" or, to put it more succinctly — "more ?uestlove than Keith Moon." Personally, I think every drummer should style himself after Animal from the Muppets Show (i.e. Keith Moon) but that’s open to opinion. When it came to making Light The Horizon, Bedouin Soundclash first ventured into the forest of BC’s rugged interior to write. The album cover is a gorgeous shot of a lone Arbutus tree on top of Notch Hill outside of Salmon Arm where the trio spent a particularly poignant moment. On to Philadelphia for some quality time with DJ/producer King Britt, who polished the off- the-boards recordings to an R&B satin finish. The overall serenity on the disc achieves transcendence right in the middle on track 5, Elongo, an uplifting, orchestrated anthem with a soaring melody and strings courtesy of legendary Philly arranger Larry Gold. Malinowsky’s lost lamb-like bleats sound impossibly more pensive than ever before. Chance Of Rain delivers a duet with emerging soul chanteuse 20 year old Beatrice Martin (a.k.a. Couer de Pirate) and the opener, Mountain Top, while bringing the cover art into context also harkens back to the raw buskerish bounce of Sounding A Mosaic with a nod to The Police; a gentle way to acclimatize old fans to the new mellow on Light The Horizon.