When I first heard Yanik Allwood’s voice I was pleasantly surprised. The first song on After Funk’s new album ‘Til The Sun Comes Up begins in semi-typical funk album fashion sporting a phat bass line, and dancing horn melody and as the song progresses I’m expecting more splendid regularity, but then this beautifully subtle soul voice comes out of nowhere and immediately captures my attention. This moment somewhat summarizes the feeling evoked by the band. After Funk creates funk music in a way that both harkens back to the greats and calls for motion into the future expertly navigating the familiar and new resulting in an intriguing voice in the funk idiom. Continue reading
The concept of creating something natural sounding is made especially hard when progressive songwriting and virtuosic instrumental playing come into play. Progressive artists are often led down a path leading to a world of mathematical problems in place of beautiful sound and often the music loses its original purpose. What makes Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day IV special is the way in which his compositions incorporate progressive songwriting techniques while maintaining a beautiful overall sound accessible to the average listener. Songwriting ideas such as odd meter, dynamic texture, and free playing have been bathed in subtlety and are presented in a fresh, interesting way that never becomes obnoxious or excessive.