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Blount, Jake

THE NEW FAITH

Roots / Americana / Folk

Smithsonian Folkways

CD

0093074024720

Release 23-09-2022

4398715

€ 15,99

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Banjospeler Jake Blount is een sensatie in de Amerikaanse folkwereld. Niet alleen door zijn muzikale kwaliteiten, maar ook vanwege zijn onderzoek naar de zwarte ‘mountain music’. Zijn nieuwste cd The New Faith gaat over klimaatverandering; hijzelf en zijn muzikanten zijn klimaatvluchtelingen in een toekomstige wereld. Een bijzondere combinatie van oldtime music, countryblues en spirituals met eigentijdse invloeden!

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The American musician draws on spirituals on this strikingly minimalist album set in a future world devastated by climate change

The New Faith is an Afrofuturist album built from old music – very old music in some cases. Its premise is familiar enough, not least to fans of Octavia Butler’s influential 1993 novel Parable of the Sower: an apocalyptic landscape brought on by ecological collapse, amid which a band of black American refugees seek salvation. In Jake Blount’s account, they are sustained by the spirituals and blues of yesteryear and their imprint of suffering and redemption.

Blount (pronounced Blunt) has cut a sleek path through the realm of Americana, first as a bluegrass fiddler and banjo player with assorted sidekicks, then with an acclaimed solo debut, 2020’s Spider Tales. He also totes credentials as a music historian. His knowledge is put to good use here, mixing obscurities – several captured by song collector Alan Lomax in the mid-20th century – with better known pieces such as Rosetta Tharpe’s Didn’t It Rain and Blind Willie McTell’s Just As Well Get Ready, You Got to Die. All are given striking, albeit minimalist acoustic settings (the apocalypse is electricity-free). Blount’s co-producer, Brian Slattery, adds percussion to fiddle, banjo and guitar, plus there is rap and massed gospel voices. An arresting, if not always comfortable creation from an uncommon talent.

Theguardian.com

1.Take Me To The Water / Prayer

2.The Downward Road

3.Didn't It Rain

4.Tangle Eye Blues

5.Parable

6.Death Have Mercy

7.City Called Heaven

8.They Are Waiting For Me

9.Psalms

10.Just As Well Get Ready, You Got To Die

11.Give Up The World

12.Once There Was No Sun

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