Rafter: It’s Reggae (Asthmatic Kitty, 2014)

April 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rafter: It's Reggae

Rafter: It’s Reggae

Following in the tradition of We Like Cats, here is another lo-fi dub reggae record by an artist normally associated with indie rock. This is the kind of album that kind of benefits from paying as little attention to context as possible; the back cover of the promo CD has a note written to reggae is if it were a person, with Rafter stating to reggae that it wants to learn from it and be more positive. I dunno, it seems kind of silly to me. Musically, it’s a pretty straightforward dub reggae record, with horns, panned drums/percussion, echoing pianos, snatches of vocals diced and delayed in the mix, etc. “Kusterica Vs Marcovic” is more uptempo, kind of a Balkan ska dub. “Christina 1981” has a bit of a far East meets synth-funk feel. “Translation Success” is another uptempo ska-ish song, with spacey synths. Other than that, pretty much what you’d expect it to sound like. Decent dub record, nothing more or less. Cool Scientist-inspired cover artwork.

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