After a nine-year hiatus, Toronto’s Bedouin Soundclash return with brand new single ‘Clock-Work’, released via Mr Bongo.
Recorded in the summer humidity at the mouth of the Mississippi, ‘Clock-Work’ bristles and fizzes with jangling Big Band swing-pop and hints towards a new creative peak with a heavy New Orleans influence.
Calling on the iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band to provide brass, Bedouin tap into the flamboyant tradition of brass band parades and the result is a horn-heavy, jazz-inspired track that draws from its historic surroundings.
Almost a decade on from the release of the 2010 album ‘Light The Horizon’, the band have been busy in the studio once more after a period where it wasn’t clear whether they would record any music together again.
Lead singer Jay Malinowski wrote a novel and released two solo albums while bassist Eon Sinclair was busy doing session work and DJing.
“One morning I was sitting at the piano in my house and “Clock-Work” came to me,” says lead singer Jay Malinowski talking about the new single. “I thought this is something new, I think it’s a Bedouin song – I put it on a break-beat and sampled these horns from an old big band swing record and sent it off to Eon.”
Eon adds, “Jay sent me a demo and it hit me right away. The use of the breakbeat, the piano, and the horns – It still felt like Bedouin with the subtle off-beat piano but was fresh.”
The single is taken from the band’s fifth album, set for release later this year. Drawing on a wide range of influences that include New Orleans jazz, ska / reggae, electronica, pop and rock, it shows not only the eclectic post-punk-world-beat tendencies of Bedouin Soundclash but also the cities that surrounded them.
Spanning two communities, the album was recorded in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and in Vancouver at the St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy…
Bedouin Soundclash have toured all over the world and have shared the stage with the likes of No Doubt, Ben Harper, Damian Marley, The Roots, The Interrupters, Gogol Bordello, Bad Brains, and Thievery Corporation among many others.