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It’s been nearly four years since the release of Vars Uitgekerf, and fans have anxiously been waiting for some new material from Afrikaans indie-folk band, Kaleidoskoop. The Great Gatsby themed launch of their new album, Gunsteling Seisoen, took place at the Atterbury Theatre from 24 to 26 March.
The eleven original songs and two English covers stay true to the band’s established acoustic sound. With a twelve-piece band accompanying Anique Jordaan and Jouba Jordaan, the listener is treated to a beautifully executed and full sound, along with some surprising use of trumpets reminiscent of Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers. Anique’s vocal clarity also shines through, especially in their rendition of Emmy the Great’s “Gabriel”. Jouba’s nimble fingers also do not disappoint on the guitar or ukulele.
On Gunsteling Seisoen you’ll find a balanced mix of happy-go-lucky and woeful tunes. The lyrics tend to get a little cheesy with some heavy-handed imagery and exhausted expressions, yet the beautiful use of proper Afrikaans vocabulary needs to be appreciated. The album is not filled with the most unique melodies or any really catchy tracks, but the exquisite instrumental work will have your feet tapping nonetheless.
This album is an easy listen for anyone. The songs complement each other with ease, as they all subtly tie into the underlying theme of weather and seasons. As you listen to the music you’ll easily forgive the imperfect lyrics and uninspiring melodies because of the serenity exuded by Anique and Jouba. Their passion is thoroughly embedded in the album.
Although Gunsteling Seisoen might not quite be on par with Vars Uitgekerf, which won best contemporary album at the 2012 Tempo Awards, it is still a worthy addition to any music library.