By Bedouin Soundclash
Bedouin Sounclash's Last single 'When The Night Feels My Song' was a first-class track, a real feel-good number and although serving us with the same optimism, '12:59 Lullaby' attacks in a less direct way; a chugging rhythm with a voice overflowing with emotion that leaks through unintentional breaks in the vocalist Jay Malinowski's articulation. It is Jay's soulful wail, and this alone that places '12:59...' in the Reggae category, a genre BS have been pigeon-holed with since they formed in 2001.
This, their most recent single, takes their self proclaimed declaration that they are 'unclassifiable' and makes it slightly more understandable. 12:59 Lullaby is another advert-friendly song that sounds more like an indie/acoustic track that features a vocalist with a reggae based tonality. The delicate acoustic guitar alongside the intricate lead melody is reminiscent of something that could have been hatched by a group such as Turin Brakes.
'One Way', a tune originally written by 'The Maytones' is a positive number reflecting a more political side to Bedouin; "Thrown down the guns, stop the war..." cries Jay over his fingerpicking and Eon Sinclair's ska-rhythmic dubbing bass. Better, than the original, respectively, but nothing too special.
A more modern interpretation of reggae is eminent in 'Jeb Rand is Sailin' On' with its electronica approached bass line through to the layered effects used on the vocals; contrasting to the previous two tracks that contain a 'raw' quality about them.
Overall, the single is a bit of a disappointment from a so well established and highly rated band. Hopefully their album 'Street Gospels' due to be released in early 2007 will encourage tracks of better quality.
The Skints are a reggae/dub/punk/reggae fusion band from London