Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Boozoo Bajou goes to California

The dynamic duo of Florian Seyberth and Peter Heider, otherwise known as Boozoo Bajou, are back, but with their latest production, Grains, the pair have taken their music in a new direction. The two, hailing from Germany, first started producing music over a decade ago, and over the course of their first few albums explored a downbeat approach that mixed in some diverse world elements to make a global, electronic, dub, trip-hop sound. With their latest, which comes out today, the pair have turned their sites to a more organic Californian sound, naming such musicians as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne as influences.

If I would use one word to describe the album as a whole, it would have to be gentle. The entire affair just kicks back and slowly grooves through, soothing your ears and soul. It pleases few demands on the listener other than to take a slow ride into relaxation. Woven into the album are instrumental tracks that meander and develop (Kinder Ohne Strom for example) as well as vocal numbers that add another level (the second track Sign, probably my favorite cut, pushing out an Isaac Hayes flavored soul).

If you're looking for something on the mellow side, this should be your go-to album. Here are a few samples.

and an older one:

Visit their website, their label !K7, and become their friend on MySpace.

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