🎉 Thanks for a reason to celebrate abundance and blessings!!! Thanks for listening!🎉 IT’S WHAT THEY GOT: Echobass Records, Athens’ home for all things reggae and dub, just put out a new 10-song album by Pine Til Palms named Anura. This release is a few steps to the side for the label, mostly due to Pine Til Palms having a decidedly alterna-reggae vibe and mood. No, this isn’t anywhere near as bad as, say, Sublime or anything like that, but consider that, if not for the shouted vocals, a track like “Away From Me” could pass for a decades-old prom band that really wants to sound like The Police. Not that that’s the worst thing ever, but it shouldn’t be so obvious. Beyond this, the record really searches for personality but seems to have a terrible time finding any. It’s less a reggae record that slips in and out of 1990s-era alt-rock than it is the exact opposite. All that said, and because I feel generous toward and thankful for the risks and chances Echobass has taken on releases over the years, there are glimmers of hope here—namely, the grimy “Open Book,” which uses its horns to great effect, and the singalong-ish “Unattainable.” Check this out at echobassrecords.bandcamp.com.
Words: Gordon Lamb Threats &Promises; Flagpole Magazine
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