What To Listen To Now: Beatenberg

I was at PUMA Social Club last Friday for the first time in a long time, and I am so glad that I got to see Beatenberg perform.

I had never heard of them before I saw the line up for PUMA Social, so I consulted the wisest music guru I know, YouTube. This Cape Town band, whose members are Matthew Field (vocals/songwriting), Robin Brink(drums) and Ross Dorkin (bass guitar) definitely made a new fan out of me with this acoustic version of You Never Sing To Me:

I liked the sound of this immediately, and was even more taken by it on Friday night, as it came as part of the impressive set that the band did for us. The music has an infectious beat, and there is nothing to be done but to dance- this is largely due to Robin's incredible drumming, and the way he and Ross were working off of each other to support Matthew's oddly earnest vocals.

Together, Beatenberg produces music that is like Freshlyground and Johnny Clegg rolled into one: wholesome, fun music that plays with "traditional" sounds (at one point I felt like I was at a house party in Congo) and creates something new and highly enjoyable. If these three guys hadn't met while on holiday in Brazil and decided to start "jamming" together, we would all be missing out on something very cool.

In the video for Sultan Of The Economic Cafe, the band collaborated with Invisible Sessions and took their music into the streets of Kalk Bay to come up with something that is reminiscent of the La Blogotheque Take Away Shows (The Lumineers and Lianne la Havas have done them).


 I love this "re-imagined" form of the music video- it takes things back to the level of artistry, and that is always a good thing.

For more Beatenberg, see their website, this interview in which they talk about taking music seriously, and Robin's "fire inside that's got to do with music and art, that [I] can't put out, and the video for the song Scorpionfish.


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