The Budos Band (from the album The Budos Band V available on Daptone Records)
Analog recording and vintage sounds have become sonic goals as musicians attempt to re-create the past by using similar equipment and stripped-back studio techniques. The Budos Band V succeeds in the same ambitions by stacking the album with audio how-to examples when The Budos Band mirror the musical experimentations and forays of late 1960’s/early 1970’s that blended rock, funk, jazz, and soul, giving the results a beat you can dance to. The Budos Band gets pulled into a swirling groove, the rhythm section creating an undertow edge for “Ghost Talk” as Vputs a rhythmic patter below “Maelstrom” to carry majestic horn riffs and the feral crawl of an electric guitar lead.
The magic of The Budos Band V is its ability to shape shift within styles as the group seduce with the rhythm line trance of “The Enchanter” while haunted melodies drift over “Valley of the Damned” and Latin textures play a lonely trumpet in “Veil of Shadows” and Space Rock soundtracks the journey of “Arcane Rambler”. The album title serves double duty with The Budos Band V marking album number five in the group’s career and putting a Vfor victory in achieving sonic uniqueness and independence, wearing influences as accessories rather than mimicking past Rock/Funk/Soul powerhouses. The Budos Band make use of psychedelic lessons without dosing themselves in long jams or freefall musical expeditions, the songs on The Budos Band V concise and to the point whether collecting musical notes that poke out like sharp needles in “Spider Web, Pt. 1”, cutting a path across the rhythmic flooding of “Old Engine Oil” with slashing chords, or giving a cinematic flourish to “Peak of Eternal Night”.
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