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Bonobo – Migration – Album Review


Bonobo – Migration – Album Review

Feb 27: DUBLIN, IE – Vicar St. (SOLD OUT)

Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album – Migration. It has a similar sound and style to what has gone before, so those that have followed his career will have few surprises. It opens with the slow, (almost) instrumental title track Migration, which features keys and a delicate drum sound with some wafting vocals filling the background. The sound gradually builds over the length of the track into an impressive groove. The next up is Break Apart which features Rhye, which opens with strings and gentle vocals. The lyrics are quite throw away with the emphasis on the sound, the vocal almost another instrument.

“We’ve thrown apart these pieces
So, I don’t go home
Tell me love, tell me love”

Outlier is the first up-tempo track with a break beat and electronics carrying the workload. It’s a track that will make you feel the summer, and will work perfectly during festival season. Grains is a selection of samples pieced together into something quite unusual.  Second Sun is a gentle piano track, supplemented by strings. Surface features vocals by Nicole Miglis and is one of the more straight forward affairs. Bambro Koyo Ganda features Innov Gnawa on vocals and explores African tribal chants layered with effects, before changing to break beats. The album finishes with Figures which has more break beats and samples.

There is much variation in sound on this album. Green seems adept moving between genres, showing his skill in each area. This is also a problem, as many listeners are likely to enjoy some sounds more than others as he moves between styles. The album works best on headphones, as it allows you to be sucked into his world. There is so much going on in each track, with many layers moving in all directions. Simon Green’s career as Bonobo has seen a gradual movement towards mainstream recognition. While this album is unlikely to have any radio hits, his gig in Vicar Street is now sold out, even though many still wouldn’t know who he is. This album will continue his gradual progression and win many new fans.

Track List:

1. Migration
2. Break Apart (feat. Rhye)
3. Outlier
4. Grains
5. Second Sun
6. Surface (feat. Nicole Miglis)
7. Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)
8. Kerala
9. Ontario
10. No Reason (feat. Nick Murphy)
11. 7th Sevens
12. Figures

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