Friday, July 18, 2014

Recording: Bombino

Artist: Bombino

Song: two unknown songs*

Recorded at Harbourfront Centre (W------ Stage), June 30, 2014.

Bombino - unknown

Bombino - unknown

Full review to follow. One might have been worried to hear that Omara "Bombino" Moctar's first album aimed at the North American market was going to be produced by a mainstream rock musician not known for his subtlety, but credit is due to The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach for not messing it up. On Nomad, he mostly stays out out of way and lets Moctar and his incredible guitar skills loose without softening things up, throwing in guest performers, etc etc. Live, the band's sound is largely the same — besides a couple brief harmonica parts, there's not too many sops to the "desert blues" marketing angle. Instead we get a series of stretched-out jams, where chord changes are few and incendiary solos drift over infinitely danceable grooves. After a series of under-promoted gigs in small clubs, it was fantastic to see Moctar up on the big Harbourfront stage — he's not a chatty or demonstrative frontman, but this was a festival-sized set throughout.

* Does anyone know the titles to these? Please leave a comment!

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