I had started a write up of one of my favorite hidden gems from a few years back, only to discover, it’s not fair if you can’t hear it for yourself, and apparently, this particular one just isn’t available digitally at the moment. So, I’ll spare you a full album run down, but I’ve uploaded three of my favorite tracks to YouTube as a life line and will talk about them below. Please note I only do this to share some beautiful music, I put no ads on that kind of material, and I always provide as many purchase links as possible (reasonable), and will not upload the entire album, you’ll just have to track the rest down yourself 🙂
In order we have track number 4, El Camino, which has the didgeridoo kicking the doors open right off the bat. It’s probably my favorite track of the album mostly because of how fun and upbeat it is. All of the instruments in the album play well together here, but this track is a bit tighter than some of the rest, it’s never too repetitive, and keeps the momentum going throughout. Percussion plays a large part of the album and here it pairs so well with the washboard and demented guitar. Everything builds to a great riot of the layers and ends with one more repetition of the main ‘chorus’ before giving you a moment to catch your breath and relax.
And relax is exactly what the next track, number 5 does to you. Blue Star feels the most like a kind of hybrid tribal/dub out of the rest of the album. The horns and guitar leading the way here, that horn does all the talking. Everyone kind of steps back for the first half of the song as the horn has it’s way with the soundscape, before that subtle didgeridoo sneaks back in and kind of mixes up the soup. At times this track makes me feel like I’m sitting alone in an old club on a Wednesday night. The groove is strong with this track, and is best played at night while driving, coffee and cigarettes are optional.
Lastly, track number 9, Day Light. Day Light, just has such a tangible feeling of finality to it. It still retains the dub DNA from earlier tracks, though things feel a bit more desolate at this point. Where Blue Star is the the thick of a lonely night, Day Light is the first rays of the sun punching you in the face after an all nighter in town with your mates. It also strangely highlights how cool the didgeridoo is as a backing instrument, even for this kind of music because it provides a different kind of acoustic foundation for the rest of the instruments. Instead of the rest of the sounds existing in the vacuum of a studio, the slow steady bass of the didgeridoo kind of provides a conical shelter for the rhythms to kind of play off of. It’s like the bits of rubber on the ground at playgrounds now, that didgeridoo sound just makes you want to fall on top of it and roll around..sonically speaking of course..
And that is a sampling of Night Jungle by Jungle Cruise, which, if you have the wherewithal, I highly suggest you track down a copy. It’s weird, it’s different, it’s fun, so enjoy it!