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EXTRA GOLDEN gets the blend right on its third album Thank You Very Quickly. A collaboration between musicians from Kenya and Washington, DC, the quartet wisely leans more toward the African side of its musical makeup, gliding easily through the slippery, bouncy rhythms of the continent. The melodies derive in the main from the Kenyan Benga style, with its circular, intertwined guitar riffs and rubbery basslines. The American side comes from the guitar sounds, which are jangling and jagged as often as slick and melodic, and the relative conciseness of the tracks – the songs are successfully condensed from African music’s usual freeflowing roll without sounding artificially truncated.
A musicologist could break it down in more detail, and this record likely deserves such scholarly treatment. But ultimately it boils down to this: cuts like “Anyango,” “Gimakiny Akia” and “Ukumwi” are a joy to listen to, with the musicians taking obvious delight in making these sounds. Thank You Very Quickly is just wonderful.
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