Friday, August 26, 2016

Recording: Jef E. Barbara's Black Space

Artist: Jef E. Barbara's Black Space

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Artscape Gibraltar Point (Camp Wavelength), August 19, 2016.

Jef E. Barbara's Black Space - unknown

Following and expanding on the template of last year's successful festival, Wavelength returned to the island with a meticulously-executed event that included an exciting range of music and a beach full of art beside festival headliner Lake Ontario. It also managed to be a stress-reducing rather than a stress-inducing time — rather like a weekend at the cottage, even if the city was just out of view.

After some quieter time away, Jef Barbara (now Jef Elise Barbara) has returned with a hot single, a new backing band and a set of new material. Creating room for textured groove explorations, the new material finds the glam in melding the cosmic and the quotidian (the title "Spacecraft Dinner" captures that juxtaposition nicely). Deep bass, sax licks and Elena Stoodley's backing vox brought it all together, even re-appropriating some doot-de-doo's from Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" in this cut.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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