Funk Is Ineffable
Friend, come here, let me have a look at you. Mm-hmm, you look tired, a little bedraggled. Uhhh-huh, right around your eyes I can see it, sort of like something is missing, but more of a yearning for something you’re not sure will ever come. Yes, it is as I thought. You need a new favourite band.
So then, if I may…
Seriously. If you already knew about the Whitefield Brothers from their excellent 2001 album In the Raw, then good for you, but if you didn’t, that’s okay too. But about this one, man, you’ve got to do yourself a favour.
Earthology is not In the Raw. That one was very much as the title promised, and then a little extra – a strong dose of organ-propelled, nose-to-the-grindstone, raw funk. This one is a great deal more extroverted, from the guest list to the musical ideas employed and expressed therein. Sure it’s funky – that’s their deal, after all – but funk isn’t the heading that the Whitefields operate under, it is their means of deploying all of their ideas – also including those of the jazzy, hip hoppy, worldbeaty variety – for best effect.
But don’t take MY word for it…
Welcome to your new favourite band.