Jumbie in the Jukebox by Kobo Town on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

What do you get when you put a Trinidadian/Canadian singer/songwriter in front of a band including Guyanese, Slovenian, and Jamaican players in a Belize studio? If you're lucky, you get Kobo Town's second album, on which bandleader Drew Gonsalves explores new routes for the sounds of his homeland. To call this madly careening stylistic journey "calypso" would be an oversimplification; while calypso's rolling rhythms, rich storytelling, and buoyant melodies are the kindling that feeds Kobo Town's fire, they're filtered through the lenses of everything from dancehall reggae to zouk and hip-hop. Although a life spent bouncing back and forth between Canada and Trinidad gave Gonsalves a unique slant on Caribbean sounds, he's also a dedicated wordsmith who claims the influence of St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott just as quickly as that of calypso king Lord Kitchener. The complex narratives he weaves on tunes like "The Trial of Henry Marshall" and "The War Between Is and Ought" are as lyrically dazzlingly as they are rhythmically irresistible.

EDITORS’ NOTES

What do you get when you put a Trinidadian/Canadian singer/songwriter in front of a band including Guyanese, Slovenian, and Jamaican players in a Belize studio? If you're lucky, you get Kobo Town's second album, on which bandleader Drew Gonsalves explores new routes for the sounds of his homeland. To call this madly careening stylistic journey "calypso" would be an oversimplification; while calypso's rolling rhythms, rich storytelling, and buoyant melodies are the kindling that feeds Kobo Town's fire, they're filtered through the lenses of everything from dancehall reggae to zouk and hip-hop. Although a life spent bouncing back and forth between Canada and Trinidad gave Gonsalves a unique slant on Caribbean sounds, he's also a dedicated wordsmith who claims the influence of St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott just as quickly as that of calypso king Lord Kitchener. The complex narratives he weaves on tunes like "The Trial of Henry Marshall" and "The War Between Is and Ought" are as lyrically dazzlingly as they are rhythmically irresistible.

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