THE BLACK SEEDS: Dust and Dirt
By Jason Huss
The Black Seeds are back in full force with this new album. Recorded at their Wellington home studio by one of their own, Mike Fabulous, this time round they decided to take a new approach. With more of the band writing and contributing, it brings together some great and infectious new flavours to The Black Seeds’ rootsy sound that we all know and love. One of the best knacks that the band seem have is putting you in the summertime mood, no matter what the weather is doing outside. However with opener Out of Light’s dark, moody and slow electronic heaviness all the way to the rocking dirty guitars on Loose Cartilage you get a good indication that their sound has grown (and loosened) quite a bit in the three-plus years since their last studio record ‘Solid Ground’ solidified their reputation as a headliner of our roots generation. The reggae-with-attitude of Frostbite makes it a personal highlight. These guys are still all about summer vibes and getting your groove on, but this time take the listener an interesting bit further into their own record collections.