Friday, October 16, 2009

Exuma - I (1970)


My friends have been making some pretty great mixes about the changing of the seasons. But you know what? Fuck that romanticized bullshit I'm fucking cold. As soon as the temperature drops below seventy degrees, my hands fucking hurt all of the time because I have skinny-ass ET fingers. As such, here's some of that Bahamas doo-wah-nanny rainy summertime voodoo music.

The Exuma mystique is certainly interesting, but an over-reliance on narrative in music reviews is annoying to me so internet search that shit if you're curious. Let's talk about songs:

What we have here are a collection of blues/folk songs based around Exuma's throat-shredding vocals and consistently strumming acoustic guitar. Layers of percussion and sound effects and back-up choirs keep this far from a minimalist affair, despite the stripped-down nature of the song-writing. I just posted a record with bird sounds that was "quirky," but this record with bird sounds is "otherworldly." Choruses take on a hypnotic, chanting feel as layers converge onto a theme and Exuma's raving ad-libs soar over the din. Percussive layering, as on the beginning of "Junkanoo," as well as a healthy voodoo presence identifies this music as hailing from the Caribbean rhythmic melting pot. But really, no matter how much I soak in the humidity of "The Obeah Man" I'm still freezing.

7 comments:

daniel shea said...

So good. Where did I hear about this originally? Probably you.

Todd said...

I mean yeah I've been on this record's nuts for a minute.

RSS said...

fuck yes, i listen to this all the time and have since you gave it to me however many years ago.

Dave Quam said...

I found a copy of this on LP for like 7 bucks in Manhattan, it was awesome

Todd said...

Dave, I'll give you $5 for it.

Alex said...

track 8 on an old Soul Jazz comp and admittedly the only good song.

Thanks for the full download Todd!

Todd said...

Man how are you gonna not like that Bobby Womack song?