Brooklyn-based afrobeat group Antibalas has announced a followup project to their 2012 eponymous LP. Where The Gods Are In Peace is scheduled for a September 15th release on the soul-revivalist label Daptone Records. Above, you can listen to the first single,”Gold Rush,” via SoundCloud.
The song is driving, funky, and energetic, with an intense instrumental call and response between Will Rast’s precise keyboard flurries and a hyper-distorted electric guitar riff that creates the tune’s fiery vamp. Tasteful brass solos and the flashy rhythm section prevent the excitement of the song from flatlining during the more subdued vocal sections, which offer pointed political commentary. The band elaborated on the inspiration behind the song on their Facebook page:
The inspiration behind the song? The world we live in is built on stolen land, stolen resources, and borrowed time. This song is an acknowledgement of that history as well as a conversation with the present moment we live in and the new types of gold rushes that create their booms and inevitable busts. The song asks the question, “Where did we go wrong?” Perhaps we can, together, come up with a good answer.
Employing a narrative format, the lyrics survey historical injustices levied on Native Americans, including the Trail of Tears and the seizure of indigenous resources. Paired with the forceful presence of the music, the song is a wake up call to the atrocities of the past, and provides an impetus for improved social relations. Baritone Saxophonist Martín Perna told Consequence of Sound that the song is “an imagining of what possibilities for equality and justice exist beyond conquest, domination and exploitation of natural resources.”
Pre-order a copy of Where The Gods Are In Peace on Amazon.
For more, check out Antibalas’ Zumic artist page.