Ellis Island Sound


'Regions’ is the duo’s third album since their inception and has already been described as “Afro-Krautrock” and “Teutonic High Life”. It is possible to detect the influence of Jean Bosco Mwende or King Sunny Ade’s guitars, along with polyrhythmic ensemble force of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and T-Funk-period Talking Heads. Offering typically potent melody and groove, fusing Holger Czukay-like studio-as-instrument collage with buoyant West and East African guitar and percussion influences, the whole thing wrapped in resonant dub dynamics and garnished with John Hart’s jazz/not jazz brass, recalling Pete Zummo’s trombone embellishments on many of Arthur Russell’s records.