Pokey LaFarge :: In The Blossom Of Their Shade

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11298.pdfVanaf 2013, toen White Stripe Jack White zijn grootste fan werd, is Pokey LaFarge steeds meer een eigen geluid gaan ontwikkelen. Was hij daarvoor toch vooral iemand die braaf ouderwetse folk, blues en country speelde, daarna verlegde hij steeds meer zijn grenzen. Nu heeft hij het corona-tijdperk gebruikt om In The Blossom Of Their Shade te schrijven en op te nemen. Een sublieme plaat waarop de oude invloeden nog steeds hoorbaar zijn, maar nu hoor je ook soul, gospel, Afrika en Zuid-Amerika doorklinken. En voor waarschijnlijk de eerste keer hoor je een Amerikaan vol liefde zingen over Rotterdam. ‘I long for The Netherlands/And I want to go, back/Back to Rotterdam.’ Fantastisch! In The Blossom Of Their Shade is een plaat die de zon laat schijnen.
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Pokey LaFarge’s 7th studio solo album, In the Blossom of Their Shade, showcases the positivity of coming out of the darkness and into the light. When the 2020 global pandemic hit, LaFarge’s rigorous work ethic powered him through the potentially challenging creative period. As days became a couple months, songs blossomed from embryonic ideas into full-formed ones and he was ready to move on, which typified his mindset as a working artist. With this record LaFarge captures the thematic notion of being the perfect summer afternoon soundtrack…the type of music you want to listen to while having a cocktail with your significant other. It makes sense musically as well — LaFarge intentionally crafted songs that created space and have melodies that can glide throughout a composition that’s a far cry from the swing and blues-infused songs of his earlier work. LaFarge is an artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and compromise. He’s always motivated and ready to create. With In the Blossom of Their Shade the album is one of LaFarge’s strongest and most mature efforts to date.
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Pokey LaFarge Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel
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Tracks
1.  Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone
2. Mi Ideal
3. Fine to Me
4. Drink of You
5. Rotterdam
6. To Love or Be Alone
7. Long for the Heaven I Seek
8. Killing Time
9. Yo-Yo
10. Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not Forever)
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