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Fat Freddy's Drop: Live At Roundhouse

Fat Freddy's Drop are definitely one of the most interesting reggae bands on the globe according to my taste at the moment, which is simply due to the very idiosyncratic, hardly classifiable style of the New Zealanders. In the lowest BPM speed range you cross a puzzling landscape, where the ground comes from Dub, the mountains are reggae, the trees are jazz and the sky is soul. Perhaps it is even an underwater landscape through which fat Freddy, with lead-weighted shoes, trudges in slow motion. The sound is dampened by the water and turns into a dark rumble, while slowly rising air bubbles release voices and sounds. Yes, that is a beautiful picture. If you mentally transport it into the unique world of New Zealand, you get an idea of ​​what Fat Freddy's Drop is all about. And now let's do another thought experiment by imagining that we're not enjoying this sluggish, casual, heavy sound in 4-5-minute bites, but in a continuum of 10 minutes and up. Because that's the quality of "Live At Roundhouse" (The Drop / Rough Trade), a concert recording from December 2008, in which we can listen to the seven-piece band improvising a song for 15 minutes or more. That this is the real, authentic and only true Fat Freddy's Drop experience hardly needs to be mentioned (especially if you were allowed to experience it live). The then unheard material served a year later as the basis for the album “Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW ". So we mainly hear pieces from this album, which is known to have deviated a bit from the reggae foundation of its predecessor. Still: I'm thrilled.

One reply to "Fat Freddy's Drop: Live At Roundhouse"

I recently saw Fat Freddy's Drop live here in Hamburg. Was - after slight teething problems due to tiredness (they had just had an extremely long flight behind them) - really great. The approach of the band also became clear: the songs are developed based on loops. Often very reduced and redundant, but actually always haunting :-)

Karsten

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