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饾棖饾椉饾椈饾椈饾椉饾椆饾椆饾槅鈥欚潣 饾棖饾椉饾椏饾椈饾棽饾椏 - this week: Another Story by Sonam贸

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Welcome all to 饾棖饾椉饾椈饾椈饾椉饾椆饾椆饾槅鈥欚潣 饾棖饾椉饾椏饾椈饾棽饾椏, a series of weekly reviews by Charles Connolly - an artist in his own right. Here, Charles delves into the greatest brand new singles brought to you by the best unsigned artists on our electrifying and eclectic set of 饾檳饾櫄饾櫖 饾樇饾櫑饾櫓饾櫈饾櫒饾櫓 饾檸饾櫏饾櫎饾櫓饾櫋饾櫈饾櫆饾櫇饾櫓 playlists.


饾樇饾櫍饾櫎饾櫓饾櫇饾櫄饾櫑 饾檸饾櫓饾櫎饾櫑饾櫘 - 饾檸饾櫎饾櫍饾櫀饾櫌饾櫎虂


This week, Charles is your white-gloved ringmaster, and beckons you all to join him behind the curtain鈥


Having never been to the circus, I really do like to let my imagination run wild. The clowns, the tigers, the lions, the elephants, the gymnasts, the colours, the music and the freaks. I鈥檓 aware almost NONE of this goes on these days, so you鈥檒l have to close your eyes and come with me, back to when things were a little different.


Now OPEN them! Roll up, Roll up! Yes, it鈥檚 magical and exciting, but stop gazing around and listen to me. I would like you to pay close attention to the freaks. Cue the funk - THAT鈥橲 RIGHT, ladies and gentlemen, we are in the world of the jazzers, the funksters, the hipsters and the like. Would you please welcome the rocking combo of the mightiest talent: SONAM脫 with their song, Another Story!!!


This wondrous band of talented freaks spear us at once with hella funky drumming, a bassist born wearing shades, a rhythmically chopping guitar and a screaming organ or two; and the funk has got YOU in its grasp. Think Parliament - not THAT parliament. Think Funkadelic circa 1974. Think Jamiroquai before they discovered synthesisers. Think Herbie Hancock鈥檚 hard-hitting Head Hunters album (say THAT when you鈥檝e had a few)! This is heavy funk that kicks you where it hurts. The energy is high. The faces are grimacing as if in pain. The skin is shiny with well earnt hydration. They may be dressed in black and white like the Blues Brothers, but through the funk it turns to red and purple velveteen with a satin sheen! Only jazzers and funky people can pull off THOSE clothes. Who鈥檚 feeling horny? Well here comes the sax!


Sonam贸 - formed in San Francisco - have teased us just enough, only to reign things in and shuffle back a step or so into a Latin groove spiked with Trent Berry鈥檚 chorus guitar. Giuseppe Pinto - the frontman and organ player - holds centre stage, takes to the mic and whacks us with a powerful vocal performance, full of confidence and slickness. The whole band is completely in sync, as tight as the lid on an unopened jam jar. And jam they do! It is rare to hear a band so unified and together, but I have always felt that the greatest funk bands don鈥檛 feel so much like a band but more as one incredibly talented creature. I don鈥檛 know about you, but I鈥檓 thinking octopus鈥


Another Story is littered with syncopated stabs from the whole band, and all in unison. Mr. Cool (I have decided, but actually Bob Menacho) takes an unusual bass solo, with rhythmic harmonics, before really getting stuck in to his own considered vibe. Giuseppe switches from organ to piano for a glorious solo with its roots firmly in jazz, but just managing to keep within the boundaries of what the majority of us can understand. For those of you who thought it might be swaying towards jazz, the trumpet and saxophone barge their way to your attention to bring you back to the colourful circus of funk, with those stunning unified stabs! Chris Thalmann on drums, is truly one of the best I have heard in years. The band鈥檚 sound and production is seamless and utterly satisfying.


Sonam贸 translates literally as 鈥楶lay now鈥, but colloquially means 鈥渟how us what you got鈥. They certainly did THAT!!

Have a listen and join me after in the comments for one more round of funk.


I was going to tell you about the lions and tigers, but that鈥檚 another story.


Listen to 饾樇饾櫍饾櫎饾櫓饾櫇饾櫄饾櫑 饾檸饾櫓饾櫎饾櫑饾櫘 HERE!


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Plummy
Plummy
Oct 20, 2020

Fantastic read! I had a smile on my face the entire time. Love that you keep taking us on these adventures. I also loved this bit in particular: "a bassist born wearing shades" -- Had a good chuckle at the thought.

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Soumyajit Guha
Soumyajit Guha
Oct 20, 2020

Another good review!!

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Reading a Connolly review is like micro-dosing on acid while simultaneously cuddling with seven different species of kittens, and why would that ever be a bad thing?

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Samuel Desai
Samuel Desai
Oct 20, 2020

awesome job charles!

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