Black Pumas (from the album Black Pumas available on ATO Records)
Black Pumas self-titled debut digs into an old-school vibe while being firmly planted in the here and now of 2019. With nods to the sweet Soul of Sam Cooke, Black Pumas keep the sound gritty with a dose of dirty groove. This is a band set on Rock’n’Roll and R&B influences, blaxploitation films, and a 1970s city street-life soundtrack, all stacked up into a very listenable package. Album opener, “Black Moon Rising”, is a dirty love song, winking at someone who wants to croon ‘everytime you’re dressed in black, you give a grown man a heart attack, I pray that good lord will bring you back, you’re my sunshine.”
“Colors” may be the R&B hit of the album, a tune dosed with gospel flair while a cut like “Fire” opens with horns and punchy surf guitar. “Stay Gold” strays into some of the Funkadelic ballad territory, a place where psychedelic underpinnings live comfortably amongst the groove, and a track like “Old Man” has a home in the Bill Withers neighborhood. “Touch the Sky” is driven by horns while also having some delicately placed acoustic guitar and a big solo that points to Eddie Hazel (Parliament/Funkadelic), and “Sweet Conversation” closes Black Pumaswith a beautiful ballad. It is easy to namedrop who the band sound like though the obvious only proves that Black Pumas have obviously done some musical history homework.
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