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The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

ELMARIE KRUGER

After gaining much attention with the release of their debut album, Farm Photos, in 2009, Capetonian pop band Beatenberg have captivated listeners with their sophomore release, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg. The album covers a diverse range of genres and is sure to have fans keeping the majority of its songs playing on repeat for weeks on end.

The album’s opening track and lead single “Raphael” starts with a slow, house-inspired beat. The track is accompanied by a video that is meant to resemble watching a foreign film with subtitles, which suits the song perfectly. The track’s catchy, memorable chorus makes the first single from this album a guaranteed hit.

The first phrase that comes to mind when listening to the intro of the second track, “Beauty like a tightened bow”, is ‘rainbow nation’. The lyrics are a bit more in the vein of a traditional pop song, however, even though the melody suggests otherwise. This track makes for a perfect amalgamation of genres and styles, which seems to be one of the album’s aims.

“Chelsea Blakemore” is another of the album’s well-known songs. The bridge-and-chorus combination makes this track notable and gives it staying-power. The accompanying music that plays during the song’s chorus is reminiscent of the theme music of a 1980s television series, which further showcases the air of diversity on this album.

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Disclosure CODA Africa

KOJO ESSAH


CODA Africa is an afro-electric music group made up of leader and vocalist Zami Mdingi, violinist Galina Juritz, cellist Carol Thorns and saxophonist Judy Brown. The group creates songs that cross a wide span of genres.

Their new album Disclosure encompasses a collection of tracks that, for the most part, are successful in creating a fusion of different genres, but with a few missteps. The album opens off with a dubstep track, “Go insane”. CODA Africa’s take on dubstep is an interesting one, choosing to sacrifice the intense, bass-heavy production that is usually heard in favour of a simple, light production sprinkled with strings from the cello and violin throughout the track. The next track, “Luvuyo”, sees the vocalist singing about her regrets and wanting to make things right with her significant other. The upbeat tempo successfully contrasts with the rather sombre lyrics, making this song different from others with the same lyrical content. 

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They can’t get no satisfaction: the oldest musicians still on tour

BYRON MCLEOD

Many great musicians have been lost to the world early on in their careers, from the iconic Kurt Cobain to the guitar shredding Jimi Hendrix. What about the ones who have grown old and still continue to carry on with their music, not letting something like a number dictate who they are or what they do?

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Five minutes with Beatenberg

ELMARIE KRUGER

 

Cape Town-based pop band Beatenberg recently released their second full-length album, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg. Perdeby spoke to the band about the album and its successful singles.

The lyric video for your single “Raphael” seems to move away from the typical lyric video setup. Can you explain how you came up with the concept of the video?

Robin Brink, drums: You know when watching foreign language films in VLC you get the subtitles at the bottom? We wanted to make it look exactly like that.

Matthew Field, lead vocals and guitar: [We] had little time and resources and needed some sort of video. Then I thought that was actually quite cool – I would do it myself in one day with a ladder, pole, tape and a phone with a 41 megapixel camera. I think the self-imposed difficulty and solitary endeavour is analogous with the career of a professional tennis player, “the artist” and other characters people look up to. I also liked that it reflected my obsession with tennis in an almost humorous and perhaps kind of sweet way. I also just thought, “S**t, I know what I do will be good if I follow through.”

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Album review: OK Go, Hungry Ghosts

ZOLANI  NKOMO

Grammy Award-winning band OK Go is back with their latest album Hungry Ghosts. OK Go have embraced the digital era from their first record, gaining  over 51 million YouTube views on the video for their hit single “Here it goes again”.

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