A Small World
“Their poppy, cross-cultural music and vibrant live performances have landed them high on the bills of all the major Australian folk festivals… A Small World is one of the most accomplished Australian albums from a ‘festival circuit’ band that I’ve come across…Using ska, South African, West African and Brazilian styles, they create a sweet, very danceable sound with bass, drums and keyboards with sax or trumpet behind Cleves’ guitar, through which Bouas’ exuberant and sexy voice moves like a force of nature. The confidence with which they use these styles comes from extensive musical experience…The original songs are a diverse bunch often reflecting ‘alternative’ values. The ska-ish ‘Intention is the Point of the Arrow’ takes off from Zen and the Art of Archery and ‘Sharpening a Knife’ is a sparse, elegant setting of a contemporary Japanese poem by Nanao Sakaki. The earthier side of life gets a look in the bouncy love song ‘A Long Way’. ‘Down that Track’ and ‘Penkele’ are about imprisonment in and exile from South Africa, and ‘The Glorious Wind’ could fit any one of a dozen liberation movements of the twentieth century. Other songs include the festive samba ‘Cravo e Canela’ by Brazilian composer Milton Nascimento, and Hey Maria, a 1960s samba about the problems of love in an extended family –they rework into a hot batucada.
…if you want a record to get you moving and keep you there you won’t be disappointed. Arrangements and production are razor-sharp…it won a North Coast Dolphin Award for Best Album…Definitely a five-star production.”
Simon Kravis –Monaro Musings