Friday, October 19, 2007

Extra Golden

Thrill Jockey, 2007

While the pairing of two indie rockers (one a member of Weird War and the other in post-rockers Golden) with Kenyan benga musicians may smack of novelty, Extra Golden surpass all expectations on this absolutely delightful sophomore album. Whereas their debut OK-OYOT SYSTEM sounded slightly forced and never quite gelled (despite some stunning moments of genius), HERA MA NONO comes together as a perfect meeting of the minds. While perhaps not revolutionary, Extra Golden are extremely accomplished at grafting indie-style rock and Afro-pop textures for a release that is equally good on the dance floor or the surround sound system. Worth investigating and keeping an eye on.

-Adam Naworal

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