This week’s new releases were full of good possibilities for an album review, but I was fairly set on one particular release before sampling any of the albums. Upon listening, there were some great pieces of music to choose from, but I did end up picking the album I had originally envisioned when I decided on “Beyond The Sun” by L.A.’s Orgone.
The opening cut is the soulful strut of “Don’t Push Your Luck”. Adryon De Leon tells the tale of not wanting to be tied down and not putting labels on things.
“Losin You” is a funky little number with an almost En Vogue vibe, especially with the background vocals.
Orgone gets a little more world-beat on “No Pain”, with Adryon delivering soulful vocals. It is kind of like Mary J. Blige in the studio with Zap Mama.
“Take You Higher” has a sexy soul vibe that reminds me of the early 80’s.
There is a funky little groove that calls attention to “Picture On The Wall”. Sergio Rios is subtle but stunning on guitar. After a nice build, Adryon rocks the vocals, which have the feel of someone talking about a higher power, but are vague enough, not to turn anyone off.
“When Someone’s Love Is Real” is a sassy soul-rock tune that leans a little more toward Alabama Shakes than anyone else I can think of.
“Interlude” is just a short instrumental piece that heads in the afro-beat direction.
“Meat Machine” has a funky afrobeat vibe, but also seems like it could have been from ‘Shaft’. I am so glad that they didn’t forget to throw in an instrumental or two on ‘Beyond The Sun’.
The 70’s disco-funk of “People Beyond The Sun” finds the horns getting some justly deserved attention. Easily, one of my favorite tracks on the album.
“Down, Down, Down” has more of that classic soul-funk sound, a little bit like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. I wasn’t a fan of this track right away, but by the third minute, I was down.
The soulful and strong nature of “I’m A Woman (I’m A Backbone)”, is where the organ finally gets to shine, at least a little.
“Sabi” ends the album with some serious afro-funk and minimal lyrics. The percussion and horns are stellar on this numer, especially the trumpet.
I have been a fan of Orgone for a few years and have listened to albums and have seen them live a few times. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy “Beyond The Sun” as much as I had some of their earlier works. I am surprised, but happy that Adryon De Leon is now the lead singer for the band. At least one of the times, I saw them, she was fronting the band and it was a truly impressive experience. It turns out that I was wrong, and the new album is quite amazing. It even has instrumentals, for those, like myself, afraid of total change. I would suggest this for anyone who likes soul, funk or world music. I would also, strongly suggest that those closest to Denver, check-out Orgone when they headline one of the stages for Denver’s Day Of Rock over Memorial Day weekend!! That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!
HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉