FRI APR 23
Mezzanine / 444 Jessie St / SF/ 21+ / $22.50 Ltd Adv
"Lots of live shit", says Bonobo."Strings, horns, drums and vocals. More energy and a bigger, heavier sound". Bonobo returns to SF to celebrate his newest album, "Black Sands!" Ninjatune claims it's "one of the best, most lovingly crafted and collectible limited edition releases Ninja Tune has ever put together." The new album draws on rhythms of two-step as the lush soundscapes for which he’s best known. "Eyesdown" also features a remarkable vocal from Andreya Triana and enough fuzzed-out sub-bass for a binful of dubsteppers. Classic and contemporary, melancholy and exhilarating all at once, "Eyesdown" sounds like the kind of record Massive Attack could be making if they were starting out now.
Bonobo's music, on the surface, are the organic, pastoral atmospheres, the catchy melodies, the elements that caught people from his first album. You can engage with a Bonobo tune in that way if you wish, and will be well rewarded for it. But it's the deeper, slightly hidden levels that you should investigate, for they bring the greatest prize. It's these elements that he first explored on 'Dial M For Monkey', as a greater focus on live instruments, the intricacies of rhythm, the darker shades of the soul, and almost a sleight of hand, that meant that you could be in one mood one minute, and the next you would somewhere different. Don't miss this!