Medicine Man

Medicine Man

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In 2006, Lance Ferguson formed the Bamboos in Australia based on the inspiration of hard instrumental funk à la the Meters and the D.I.Y. aesthetic of the Dap-Kings. Half-a-dozen albums and numerous singles later, the Bamboos have expanded from their original quartet to become a ten-piece powerhouse.See more details below

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In 2006, Lance Ferguson formed the Bamboos in Australia based on the inspiration of hard instrumental funk à la the Meters and the D.I.Y. aesthetic of the Dap-Kings. Half-a-dozen albums and numerous singles later, the Bamboos have expanded from their original quartet to become a ten-piece powerhouse. Medicine Man is a prime example of not only their ambition, but their expertise. For some time the band has employed vocalists -- Tru Thoughts labelmate Kylie Auldist is their most consistent collaborator. A listen to the sunshine soul of album opener "Where Does the Time Go," featuring Aloe Blacc, or Megan Washington's gorgeous voice on the midtempo, "The Wilhelm Scream" appended by a small string section, may have listeners initially puzzled; but the cracking breaks of Graeme Pogson's snare and Ferguson's high-wire bass and guitar strut quickly reveal the Bamboos signature swagger. Other standouts here include the fingerpopping bite of "I Never," that contrasts beautifully with Daniel Merriweather's emotive vocal. Auldist's excellent tracks include the raw, reverb-laden psyc- funk of "Cut Me Down" and the more traditionally Meters-esque grime that is "What I Know." The straight-up Stax-styled, horn-driven soul on "Midnight" is brought home by Bobby Flynn's lead vocals, and gets a nice textural twist with the strings and a glockenspiel on the refrain. Ella Thompson sings on the mod-era groove of the title track, and she duets with Auldist on the album's strangest cut, "Hello Stranger." Here, baroque pop meets psychedelia; the only nod to funkiness are Pogson's breakbeats. The rest of the number is populated by sitar, flute, and strings, appending the basic keys, bass, and guitars. The set closes with a killer performance by Auldist on the streetwise soul that is "Window." For all its expansiveness and ambition, Medicine Man is expertly produced and sequenced; the Bamboos have not only retained their identity, they've created something so passionate, warm, and immediate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Tru Thoughts
UPC:
5060205152831
catalogNumber:
515283
Rank:
107135

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bamboos   Primary Artist
Tim Rogers   Vocals
Kylie Auldist   Vocals,Background Vocals
Aloe Blacc   Vocals
Daniel Merriweather   Vocals
Bobby Flynn   Vocals
Ross Irwin   Trumpet
Jordan Murray   Trombone
Megan Washington   Vocals
Ella Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Erkki Veltheim   Violin
John Castle   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Autoharp,Drums,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Tambourine,Mellotron
Anton Delecca   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Lance Ferguson   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ben Grayson   Hammond B3
Yuri Pavlinov   Bass
Melanie Robinson   Cello
Kumar Shome   Sitar
Rory McDougall   Drums
Jasen Moulton   French Horn
Graeme Pogson   Drums
Phillip Noy   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Merriweather   Composer
Steve Smart   Mastering
Robert Luis   Management
Pierre Baroni   Artwork
Kylie Auldist   Composer
Ross Irwin   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Megan Washington   Composer
John Castle   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lance Ferguson   Producer
Paul Jones   Management

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