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Here Lies Man
(ST)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.5 of 11
Genre:
Afro rock
Sounds Like:
The White Stripes, Death From Above 1979, Pontiak
Afro rock? What the hell is this genre all about you may ask? We wondered the same thing; it seems to be a melting pot of various forms of rock with extremely infectious tribal rhythms. We hear everything under the sun on this album, ranging from math rock, upbeat psychedelics to tribal jazz and even a touch of stoner and blues thrown in. Now, this may sound very complicated and too many styles of rock at work here, but trust us, they make it work.

The mastermind behind this project is guitarist Marcos Garcia from the afrobeat rock band Antibalas. His worldly African rhythmic style is the foundation for this album. Add a plethora of very talented fellow musicians and a nod towards the heavier side of rock and we are left with one hell of an entertaining album.

What are the highlights of the album?
From beginning to end this album is so damn catchy. We were instantly hooked by the opening cut “When I Come To” and its alluring riff. Than the percussion kicks in and the album just takes off and never looks back. The following track “I Stand Alone” keeps this upbeat sharp pace moving, great back-to-back songs. “So Far Away” has a bit of an exploration feel which is a welcome touch to the album and the repetitive nature of “Belt of the Sun” is somehow mesmerizing. Each song has a similar feel as the album has a very good flow, it will no doubt spice up your collection.

How is the production value?
The production is solid and polished. With a strong focus on deep percussion and fuzz, these guys really put together something unique here.

How is the vocal performance?
The vocals of guitarist Chico Dunn are in a constant state of muffle effect throughout the album, just the way we like it.

Does the album art reflect the music?
The album art is a bit out there and it’s what drew us in. To be honest we weren’t sure what to expect… gotta love the power of unique album art.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
With the constant array of catchy rhythms found on this album, this one deserves a communal drink that encourages sharing and collaboration. Yes... the mighty Scorpion Bowl.
Ingredients:
10 ounces aged rum
2 ounces cognac
2 ounces orgeat
1 ounce passion fruit syrup
4 ounces fresh lemon juice
3 ounces fresh orange juice
Crushed ice

Garnish: Orange wheels, wedges, or peels; lemon wheels, wedges, or peels; amaretto cherries; drink parasols; food-grade orchids along with tiki themed straws.

What are our final thoughts on this album?
We are now fans of the Afro rock genre as Here Lies Man has released one hell of a debut album. The bottom line is if you love the styles of rock listed above with a twist of upbeat tribal rhythms, we have no doubt this one will be right in your wheelhouse. - 6/8/2017

Tracklist:
1. When I Come To 04:01
2. I stand Alone 04:23
3. Eyes of the Law 03:38
4. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 03:04
5. Letting Go 04:12
6. So Far Away 03:03
7. Belt of The Sun 04:00
8. Here Lies Man 05:14

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