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Vinyl, September 10, 2013
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Youngblood Brass Band are a unique proposition; focused on creating consistently progressive, groundbreaking acoustic music, and employing whatever sonic means necessary to do so, the nine-piece ensemble marks the point at which the worlds and sounds of punk, brass band, hip hop and improv jazz collide. Youngblood assembled in the 90s and have been unleashing their energetic and inspiring shows on the worldwide stage since 2000. Although the band was originally formed by high school friends in Wisconsin, the line-up now comprises players from all over America (Madison, New Orleans, New York, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago).
Although not based in New Orleans, Youngblood have long been in thrall to the music of that city and have made countless visits to learn and immerse themselves in the serious business of the craft. They were initially introduced to Tru Thoughts A&R Robert Luis by Bennie Pete of Hot 8 Brass Band, a group with whom they have built a kinship over the years.
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.46 x 4.15 x 0.32 inches; 2.24 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Tru Thoughts
- Date First Available : June 23, 2013
- Label : Tru Thoughts
- ASIN : B00DJYJQ7M
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #221,302 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Whereas some of their earlier albums straddled elements of more traditional styles, Pax Volumi shows the band confidently pursuing their own inspiration. This shows most in the fuzzy, deep bass prominent in "20 Questions" which persists through most of the tracks; the overall feel of album is grittier and edgier, while still sticking to the tight ensemble flourishes of their previous work. Most notably, the lyricist has reached his full stride here; some of their previous tracks felt fragmented between the band doing their thing, and the lyricist doing his--here the two play against each other without halting, for a much more powerful effect.
If you're a Youngblood veteran, you're bound to love the changes in Pax Volumi. If you're new to Youngblood from a New Orleans brass band interest, you might prefer Center:Level:Roar for a first taste, and then promptly graduate to this album. If you're coming from a rap interest, this album (or Unlearn for the guest artists) might be your best start on the band.
All told I think this album is a solid buy. There are a smattering of hard hip hop tracks for the "Is That a Riot?" lovers. The rest of the album reminds me of some of the classic tracks from Unlearn. Either way you will want to turn it up loud and nod to the beat.
Listen to them all. Definitely worth the purchase. Oh, and if you get the chance to see YBB on tour, you won't be disappointed.
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is a hip hop style track with plenty of social commentary about the state of US culture, economics, politics and music. There even is a stylized allusion to what sounds like dubsteb ("is it weird enough..."). The reference is fitting, when considering the band's similar jarring yet melodic sounds and rhythms. Lyrically, the song shines as it cleverly flows through the phonetic alphabet. Enjoy following along and decoding it without looking up the lyrics to account for all the letters.
Overall the album delivers high energy, in-your-face brass music. You'll have a hard time figuring out whether you like the trumpets, trombones or saxophones most. They all seem to take center stage giving it all they can with a solo or flourish and then fall back as the other instruments take the spotlight. All the while, the drums and tuba keep the beat strong and moving forward. The tracks that feature the MC have educated wordplay and flow that requires repeated listening to fully appreciate.
This album is highly recommended to people who like energetic music from all genres: Brass, Hip hop, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Alt Rock. If you don't have a sweet spot in your heart for brass (and technically for some woodwind) you can skip this album. Otherwise, get some good speakers or headphones and enjoy the many layers of Pax Volumi.
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Es una especie de <subidón> que sucede de Pascuas a Ramos pero que te reconcilia con la Música.
Con estos bandarras me ha pasado. Es/son una gozada...!