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Music Review: Funkloric Trip by Cool Cavemen

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Year: 2014
Genre: Funk, Fusion, Rock
Similar Artists: Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FFF (French band)
Online: Official Website, TwitterJamendo, Youtube, Bandcamp
Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. Belgique mon Namurrr
  3. Nichrome
  4. Style 59
  5. Smack Fast that Fat Snack
  6. Drunk Dream
  7. Killian Kevin
  8. Mulherao
  9. Paname Ricain
  10. Primitiv Man
  11. Buffalophil
  12. Secret Agents Can Surf
  13. Speedy Fonkales
  14. A380Kg
  15. Everybody Spank
  16. Mozart est la
  17. Slide to Hell
  18. Lost in Translation
  19. Polka Vodka

Cool Cavemen is s French Fusion and Funk Rock outfit that I discovered on Jamendo more than a decade ago. Their songs from those earlier albums still bring me a certain amount of joy and I occasionally find myself humming several in particular to make quick work of tedious activities. Music by bands such as Cool Cavemen offers plenty of incentive for me to learn French. Their music and style have both changed a bit over the years, transforming into what we hear in their most recent release Funkloric Trip.

Funkloric Trip is a collection of nineteen often playful songs. Playful? The guys experiment with several different styles, making for a really fun album that I often listen to on repeat for several hours. Some of the songs also have a humour to them, such as Style 59 (here is the amusing music video) and Buffalophil.
Do I have songs that I like more than others? Much in all as I enjoy all of the songs on the album, I have to admit that I do have several favourites, but I will cover three in particular. Belgique mon Namurrr was the logical choice for the first song for the album and is an awesome standalone track. It is perfect for fleshing out detective noir scenes. Smack Fast that Fat Snack offers the right amount of a Funk edge to bring my energy levels and mood up. Secrets Agents Can Surf is a song that has some wonderful changes in pace throughout, giving that wonderful surf rock vibe in the process.
How do the songs fit together? Though the album doesn’t explicitly have a theme, the variation in the style of the songs managed to create a paradox of sorts. Those seemingly disconnected songs seem to work together because they do contrast each other. Weird, I know. Compare that to artists such as Mike Oldfield and Muse that typically go for a theme or a story for each album.

I highly recommend that you guys check out this album and other music in their catalogue. Seriously, these talented weirdos deserve some more listens because they produce some really enjoyable tunes. If you do take time out to listen to Cool Cavemen, be sure to let me know what you think of their music. If you like it, share it with others as a little thank-you to the band.

 

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Author: keikomushi

Reader, Writer, New Media Buff, Anime Fangirl, Gnome Hunter, Last Action Femme Fatale, Appreciator of Nature, Jack-of-all-trades.

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