Red Snapper


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Having cut a "post-soundtrack" for the '70s Senegalese film Touki Bouki, the U.K. trio known as Red Snapper lifted some of those elements for their 2014 album Hyena. The results are an ethno-muso mash of African thumb pianos, acid jazz beats, and spaghetti western guitars, and while the first two-thirds flow well enough, these disparate genres seem at odds toward the end of the album, which sounds like a Red Snapper audition tape, displaying all the varied things this talented crew can do. Fans hung up on their skill and dexterity get a new framework around the usual grooves, but newcomers are best checking one of their regular albums where the overall flow is as crafted and as cared for as the music.

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