The Black Seeds: On The Sun
Effortless strokes of reggae are in effect on On The Sun by Wellington, New Zealand’s The Black Seeds. This eight-member band painstakingly extract the low grind rhythmic beauty of reggae sounds into this release shrouded in the harmonious breeze of mainstream reggae. The freeing nature of each organic track remains lively. “Let’s Get Down” begins with an island simmer then engages in a jam-worthy tirade of silky soul-yearning sexiness enchanted by bouncy piano and bumping bass. More funk-infested is “Fire,” an ode to 70’s powerhouse romps like the group is paying homage to the sound of groups like Average White Band or Maze. The laidback “Sort It Out” moves closer to hues of ska. What accents the sound is that The Black Seeds let loose when it comes to thriving musically, letting the instrumentation, harmonies and percussion emote so well.