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Friday, Sep 19 2014 | 12:29
Image: 1591299 Red Snapper are back on Lo Recordings with their new album Hyena.

The first thing that strikes you about the new Red Snapper album is how
much the band have raised their game. There's no reason why bands
shouldn't get better over time, it's just that a lot of names don't stay hungry
and creative.
To start with it's a great idea, an album inspired by the band’s recent
soundtrack for cult 70s Senegalese road movie "Touki Bouki" - the first independent
African film which was recently restored by Martin Scorcese and
which is first and foremost an afro-funk odyssey in itself.
Red Snapper have toured with the film for a year, playing the soundtrack
live to audiences across Europe, themes from the score having been developed
and extended to form Hyena. Hitting the studio at the end of this
long haul on the road has delivered a super-tight energized performance,
reminiscent of a 1970’s approach to recording.
And the 70's are all over this soundtrack, combining beautifully with a cutting
edge futuristic musicality that sets Red Snapper apart. Hyena is a reflection
of Red Snapper’s work over the last two decades. They don’t just
pull it off, they make it sound easy, and that must be the result of touring
hard before putting the tracks to tape.
This is more than a soundtrack….. Hyena is a timeless, African influenced
album which has as much to do with the future as it has the past.

Available from 26.09.2014
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