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New album by the progressive surf roots rockers.

Band Of Frequencies are described as progressive surf roots rockers; and have played all over the world, including for charity organisation’s like Surfers for Cetaceans, as part of an ocean awareness campaign. Without doubt the bands politics will be applauded but will the music be granted the same level of respect?

If you’re a fan of Sheryl Crow’s laid back west coast rock then ‘Wanderlust’ is the kind of song she would have thrown out in her sleep. It is laid back and cool as a summer breeze, with some nice jazz percussion. If you are familiar with Zero 7 then you know where ‘All I’ve Found’ gets its inspiration from, the song has an ambient texture and its music to lounge to: nothing more nothing less. Despite its dirty guitar riff ‘Rise Like The Sun’ still vibrates in a moody wash of ambience and never really gets out of first gear despite its ambitions.

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The attempt to take on a more natural rock stance with ‘Free Again’ really does not cut it, as Band Of Frequencies are clearly not that kind of band. Its better when they play to their strengths as with the funky soul of ‘Shake It Up’ or the more polite ‘Steps’ that is not unlike something Chris Rea would have produced. Clocking in a just over eight minutes, ‘I Wanna Know Why’ takes its influences from Stevie Wonder, though it just becomes somewhat directionless as the song is a little too long.

The dilemma that faces the music on offer here is that it lacks conviction to be an all out rocker, and the more sedate moments, as pleasing as they are, become little more than background music to enhance a mood. I am not sure where the band’s main audience will be and this is the dilemma I think Band Of Frequencies will face in their future.

Ray Paul

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