BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH have performed all around the world sharing their innovative, special blend of reggae, rock, punk and soul. The Toronto-based, Juno award-winning band will bring their sounds to the UK this May in support of the physical release of their fourth full-length album, LIGHT THE HORIZON, out 23rd May, recorded via the band’s own label Pirates Blend Records.
BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH–Jay Malinowski (vocals, guitar), Eon Sinclair (bass) and Sekou Lumumba (drums)–recorded LIGHT THE HORIZON in Philadelphia with famed DJ/producer King Britt. On tracks such as “A Chance of Rain” and the album’s first single “Mountain Top,” longtime fans will hear the expected syncopated island beat but this time supplemented by that seductively lazy delivery and some gorgeously brash, brassy horns for added soul. There’s the latest single, anthemic, yet melodically grounded “Elongo” and the monumental “Brutal Hearts,” a devastatingly gorgeous duet between Malinowski and 20-year-old soul chanteuse Beatrice Martin (aka Coeur de pirate) with string arrangements by the legendary friend to Philadelphia soul Larry Gold.
"This record is really looking forward," says vocalist Jay Malinowski. "It’s from the point where we don’t have any baggage from the past. We’re just genuinely in the moment with this record, for the first time in a long time." Soundclash co-founder and bassist Eon Sinclair agrees. "It’s a really optimistic and hopeful record," he says. "That’s been said about some of the stuff we’ve done in the past, but this time we’re just feeling more self-assured and more confident in doing what it is that we do in Bedouin Soundclash. It’s positive and optimistic and forward-looking."
The video for “Elongo”–directed by Michael Maxxis (Hot Hot Heat, Alexisonfire, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Ours)–can be viewed below. Filmed on the streets of India, the video features strikingly beautiful images of locals in their everyday lives.
Catch BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH on tour this May:
19th May Cockpit Leeds
20th May Electric Circus Edinburgh
22nd May Club Academy London
23rd May Concorde 2 Brighton
24th May Koko London
About Bedouin Soundclash:
Formed a decade ago and named after Israeli fusion artist/producer Badawi’s 1996 release, Bedouin Soundclash debuted in 2001 with the album Root Fire. Their acclaimed sophomore release Sounding a Mosaic (2004) featuring the hit single, “When the Night Feels My Song” and produced by legendary punk-reggae bass player Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, earned Bedouin Soundclash their first Juno Award for Canada’s Best New Artist. Follow up album, 2007’s Street Gospels also produced by Jenifer, earned a “Pop Album of the Year” nomination and “Video of the Year” nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 Junos as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burn in the Sun” in 2009. No Doubt hand-picked Bedouin Soundclash to support them during the Midwest leg of their summer 2009 reunion tour. In addition, the band has also shared the stage with Ben Harper, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Damian Marley, The Roots, Gogol Bordello, and Thievery Corporation among others.