Cornershop | Cornershop & The Double ‘O’ Groove Of (Ample Play)

I didn’t understand one word of it (I think the lyrics are in Punjabi), but I really don’t care—the sound by itself is enough to keep me listening.

 

 

And now for something completely different . . . the British indie rock band Cornershop presents their eighth album, Cornershop & The Double ‘O’ Groove Of, featuring vocals by the Punjabi singer Bubbley Kaur. To tell the truth I had never heard of this band or the singer before (granted I’m not exactly on top of the British indie scene), but it’s an enjoyable, fun album that would be great for a dance party. Even if you don’t dance, you’ll find yourself bobbing along to the beat as you sit in your chair—it’s completely infectious, and I mean that in a good way.

I’ve already outed myself as a total non-expect so you’ll have to take what follows as my impressions based on this album and nothing more. The music is really eclectic and built from the bottom up, with strong rhythmic underpinnings (sometimes reminiscent of a drum machine circa 1975). Frequently, their songs are exceedingly foursquare in form as well. All this provides a base on which Kaur’s voice and lots of other sounds, from horns to harmoniums (or their electronic equivalents), build. I didn’t understand one word of it (I think the lyrics are in Punjabi) so I may be missing some kind of deeper meaning in the songs, but I really don’t care—the sound by itself is enough to keep me listening.

Cornershop has been around since 1991 but has changed the lineup over that time; currently they consist of Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres, with the lovely Miss Kaur also featured on this album. They cover a wide assortment of instruments among them, and this is a studio album so the sound is consistently full and rich. It’s also one of the happiest-sounding albums I’ve come across lately.

I will venture into the treacherous waters of punditry just long enough to say this: we live in a multicultural world and this is multicultural music. It’s not an experiment, but rather a polished album that combines Indian and Western influences to come up with a sound that I find eminently enjoyable. A | Sarah Boslaugh

You can read more about the band and snatch up some free downloads here: http://www.cornershop.com/. That’s the best way to decide if you like their sound, and if you do you can buy the whole album from the web site as well.

RIYL: Slumdog Millionaire; Bhangra

 

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