What does it sound like?:
It’s been a while since there was a genuinely essential Banco De Gaia album. His formula of Whirl-Y-Gig Dub meets Eastern chanting has somewhat calcified over the years, making the last decade a bit of a fans-only experience.
This, however, is something a bit different. The ‘old’ Banco is still very much in evidence: dub, tick, eastern chanting, tick, but there’s evidently been some kind of in-house shake-up, a recalibration of approach, because he sounds fresher, more full of beans than he has in an age. Put it this way, for the last ten years each album has rendered at least one jaw-dropping track and a bunch of filler, but this is soup-to-nuts gobsmacking. Whether it’s the frugging dub of ‘The Princess And The Sky Goat’, the blowsy prog rock of ‘Burn The Witch’, the irresistible exotica of ‘No Hablo Italiano’ — each song seems of a piece, moving the album forward in ways that genuinely delight the ears and stab at the emotions. I’ve tinkered with labels for i: ‘psychedelic dub’ is the one I was going to propose, but the truth is it skitters away from pigeon-holing, and just is. Give it a go. I really, really think you’ll like it.
What does it all *mean*?
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…