This Is How I Want New Releases From Now On You Hear Me?
Hailing from Germany, Samavayo is a storied (previously four-piece) trio with releases as far back as 2003, that presents before us its new debut as a trio with Dakota. Debut or no debut, however you want to slice it, Samavayo has managed to release a record that ticks so, so many boxes. Good boxes. And only one thing has prevented me from falling in love with it.
How is the sound ?
And that thing is its first track. Dakota has, arguably, three of the best stoner tracks I’ve heard in a long time: Cross The Line, Dakota, and Iktsuarpork. Still, after hearing Samavayo‘s oriental-infused first track, I didn’t really care for these. I wanted more of what I just heard and I wanted it yesterday.
In any case, once the confusion wore off, I managed to enjoy the rest of Dakota. See, those three tracks I just mentioned capture what stoner has always been for me, its characteristic sound: the memorable riffing, the organic drumming, and signature (John García‘s style) singing. And I want to highlight Samavayo‘s vocals for two reasons: first, it’s uncanny how John García they sound in many instances (more on that later), and second, they have a quality so many other stoner bands today lack: they make you want to sing them. I’ve gone over this already, but in a day and age when most stoner bands bore me to tears, being compelled to sing along goes a long way.
While one might argue Dakota‘s songs are a bit on the long end of the spectrum, what we have here is a thoroughly early-00’s stoner rock album (or, if you prefer, 2014’s JG), and I mean it in the best possible sense. While the previously mentioned tracks are unabashedly stoner, Kodokushi and Overrun go a tad more proggy, with Intergalactic Hunt fully realizing its name, adding a spacey tint to the formula.
But this is me, and me being me, I feel the need. The need for… a high Dynamic Range. And let me tell you, Samavayo’s production is on point. With a production that lets its music breathe and helps to take across the point that this guys now what they’re doing, and they’ve been doing for a good while. I rest easy, and happy. Cheers to Richard Behrens and Emanuele Baratto, for mixing and mastering the album, respectively.
Funny enough, I had to go listen to John García’s solo debut, I was confusing the two records so much. Samavayo manages to feel familiar and old school without being trite. And all that in a genre in which, lately, it hasn’t been easy to not bore me, much less find me making such comparisons.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Pure quality stoner rock sound.
- Excellent production values.
- Re-read points 1-2 if not convinced.
In what situation should you listen to this album ?
It’s got legs to stand in a Stoner playlist, amongst the best of this year and possibly others, for all your stoner needs.
Something particular to note ?
This album sounds exactly like the kind of album you need to listen to live. If you can, I suggest you go do that.
Before closing, I just want to say once more that I would very much like for Samavayo to continue their Arezooye Bahar sound in future efforts. You all know how much I like fusion, innovation, and balls in my music. I know you do.
Be good and stay away from pop,
For Fans Of
John Garcia, Unida, Hermano
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