Bambara – Stray

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Release date: February 14, 2020
Label: Wharf Cat Records

Another weird band from Athens, GA – Bambara hangs out in the dark, cold alleys of rock-n-roll. They stalk and prowl like Nick Cave and constantly threaten danger and violence. Even the song titles reflect their commitment to the “dark side.” Miracle is slow and skulking and hits you with some heavy blows out of the dark. “Death rides at night,” sets Heat Lightning off and running as a 100 mph bass-line outlines the Grim Reaper’s heedless attitude towards speed limits. It’s clear that the band is sticking to what they know best and that’s dark, gothic, character-driven lyrics. For example, on Sing Me to the Street, we’re informed of Claire and Cole’s mortifying fate before we even meet them on the final track. Let’s call it southern-noir. Serafina is slicked-back post-punk that still flashes its fangs, this track hangs in the air like smoke, a hot and humid Cadillac ride into the abyss. Stay Cruel is all eerie atmospherics and longing for forbidden fruit and pain. Did I mention that this album is dark? It just doesn’t let up.

Play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8

FCC: 3, 4, 5

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