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'Earthology,' the Whitefield Bros.

The Whitefield Brothers spent a decade and a half traveling the world and have now produced something that makes you comfortable with world music



Whitefield Bros.

Everyone wants to like world music. It makes you feel cultured and adventurous, like a pre-pubescent teenage boy flipping pie-eyed through old National Geographics for indigenous boobage. But the apparent novelty of world music thins quickly, leaving only the most devout NPR fans by the stereo as our pre-pubescent teenage metaphor raids the attic for harder stuff.

Enter the Whitefield Brothers! They spent a decade and a half traveling the world, recording samples and playing with bands and musicians from all over the world for their world psyche-funk opus Earthology. Somehow, they successfully fuse ’70s psychedelia and funk with the unfamiliar scales and structures of the world — the sounds of the Orient and Arabia — without dipping into schlock or kitsch.

Earthology doesn’t falter for a minute, oozing with all the novelty and exotica of world music, but kept in lively focus with a sturdy backbone of fiery funk.

Download: “Sad Nile”


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