The Motet Channels The Power Of Interstellar Funk On New Album, ‘Totem’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgThe future space funk is in good hands if Totem, the new album by The Motet, is any indication. The band has made some personnel changes of late, and fans have been waiting eagerly to hear what The Motet had in store for them. Noted proponents of funk with world and dance elements liberally mixed together, The Motet has built a loyal following that was hopeful their heroes would keep it real and keep it real funky. With guitarist Eric Krasno of Lettuce and Soulive producing and writing a pair of tunes for the disc, certain expectations were held, and happily exceeded. The most prominent change came at vocalist, going from Jans Ingber to Lyle Divinsky, a move that has the band sounding even more like a forgotten fountain of the funk hey-day of the late seventies than ever.Stream the album via Spotify below, and follow along with our written review of the new release!Founder Dave Watts fittingly kicks off this new era of The Motet with a twisty percussion intro to “The Truth” that sets the stage to let Divinsky show what he brings to the proceedings. Divinsky’s weapon of choice is a voice that sounds so authentic and perfect for the mood, you almost have to wonder if he was made in a laboratory. The space boogie flows on with the bouncy “Fool No More,” with a snappy bass line from Garrett Sayers that sounds an inexorable call to the dance floor for party people. Organist Joey Porter gets a chance to shine on “Know It Too Well,” as the music opens up and he has a chance to lend squeals and peals to lyric heavy sections before drenching the proceedings with lush chords. The percolating pulse of “Rippin’ Herb” shows how tight The Motet can be, as they play an intricate musical game of “follow the leader” through a winding funk maze, passing off the lead almost imperceptibly. Divinsky shows great comfort for such a short stint in the organization, as his leads on “Damn!” show. Showy use of echo laden vocals and doubling techniques that thicken his already impressive tone to a smooth pervasive presence that make the instrumental breaks a trip to an alternate dimension, sonically, within each original tune’s framework. Nothing has changed about The Motet’s love of instrumentals, and the wordless “Solar Plexus” keeps the overall cosmic groove feeling of Totem going with a touch of reggae thrown in for good measure in the forms of the majestic horn fills. Guitarist Ryan Jalbert continues to show impressive growth in his playing, with his ability to shift from slinky rhythm to full on rock star wail in an instant. The horn section of Gabe Mervine and Drew Sayers use their brass to take every song higher, adding layers of depth and reinforcing the beats and melodies with equal dexterity. Whether hanging back in a thick groove on tunes like “Danger” or getting jazz-y and expressive on songs like “Cloak And Dagger,” The Motet sounds like a finely tuned machine, ready to run perfectly in whatever gear is needed to get where they want to go.For the closing song, the instrumental “Contraband,” the choice is made to slowly take the foot off the accelerator, and to give listeners a cool down as they are slowly dispelled from the Utopian funk spell. Any worries about the future of The Motet should be instantly dispelled from the first notes of Totem. With the release of this united work and tour dates on the horizon to hone the new lineup into a true unit, it certainly looks like the best is yet to come from The Motet. But for now, Totem is a showcase for a funk band that is at the top of their game.last_img read more

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Fisher Hall to host annual regatta

first_imgStudents, alumni and friends of Notre Dame will gather at St. Mary’s Lake at 1 p.m. for the annual Fisher Regatta. The dorm will provide free food and music for its signature event, which invites residence halls and campus organizations to participate in a boat race.  This year, funds will go toward St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend, junior Frank Dijak, the event’s commissioner, said.“This year, [the raised funds are] for air conditioning in the junior high,” Dijak said.Previous fundraising had gone toward a new gym floor, AC units, new concrete slabs and a new check-in area at the school, senior Dan Blackburn said.While most funds come from t-shirt sales, in addition to the small fee to enter a boat, Dijak said a few independent fundraisers on Eddy Street this semester and proceeds from Fisher Hall’s fall signature event, the car smash, will also be donated to St. Adalbert. Courtesy of Frank Dijak One of Fisher Hall’s boats compete in their namesake regatta on St. Mary’s Lake.Sophomore Owen Donnelly said the hall purposefully chose to hold the Regatta before finals.“Having the Regatta at the end of the year is nice, because everyone looks forward to it the entire year [and it’s] the culmination of all the year’s events, and by that point, everyone’s already great friends, so you can really enjoy it together,” Donnelly said. For the men of Fisher, the Regatta is rooted in tradition, and they rally together in preparation for the event, Dijak said. Freshmen often adopt “Regatta Hawks” for the event, Donnelly said, and some even shave the letter F into the back of their heads. Blackburn said the upperclassmen hype the Regatta as early as Welcome Weekend to the incoming freshman, telling them it is ranked as one of ESPN’s top 100 student-run college events. “It’s never been disproven,” Donnelly said. On the day of the race, the hall wakes up at 7 a.m., when residents bang on doors with rowing oars. Two freshmen are chosen to drive a golf cart, coined the “Toro,” with a speaker and megaphone around campus. “They go around campus telling people that it’s the day of the Regatta,” Dijak said. Blackburn noted the diverse representation of student groups around campus who participate in the event. “A lot of people have somebody that they can root for in the race, whether it’s their dorm, friends they know in a club [or] an organization they are a part of,” Blackburn said. “Everybody has something they can cheer for.” Dijak said the Regatta effectively fosters both community and competition on campus. “I think [the Regatta is] one of the few signature events that asks for participation from a lot of halls and gets participation from a lot of halls. The Keenan Revue is also a big event, but it really doesn’t require anybody but Keenan to put it on,” Dijak said. “There are a lot of people who have tried to mimic the Regatta. … We have been pretty successful in getting usually around 20 halls to participate.”Dijak encouraged students to come out the event and enjoy the day.“Part of the Notre Dame experience is to go the Fisher Regatta,” Dijak said.Tags: 25th annual Fisher Regatta, boats, fisher halllast_img read more

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First residents move in to new coastal spot which is proving popular with buyers

first_imgSeabright met all expectations of buyers Kyle Martin and Morgan Wall.Priced from $449,000, Seabright’s three-and four-bedroom homes have open-plan living spaces connecting with a covered patio, kitchen with stone benches and stainless-steel appliances, a double lockup garage and Colorbond roofing. Some designs also include a multipurpose family room.Seabright is a short walk to the village amenities at Jacobs Well and the boat ramp. Villa World welcomes Seabright’s new residents including first-home buyers Morgan Wall and partner Kyle Martin.VILLA World has welcomed the first residents to its popular Seabright community at Jacobs Well as sales gather pace at the northern Gold Coast development.First-home buyers Morgan Wall and her partner Kyle Martin have just settled into their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.Ms Wall said they were attracted to the peace and quiet of Jacobs Well and its proximity to the Gold Coast and Brisbane.She said Seabright’s offering had met all the couple’s expectations for their first home.“It was new and affordable while also being in a lovely waterside location that has easy access to the M1,” Ms Wall said. Their new home has two living areas and is on a 480sq m corner block.“We’ve always lived in coastal locations, which is why we love Seabright,” Ms Wall said.“And we are now closer to our workplaces at Logan and in the Brisbane CBD.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoSeabright at Jacobs Well.The couple will be meeting their new neighbours soon, with all homes in stage one now complete. Both the first and second stages of the 107-home community are now sold out and stage three is about to be released to the market.Villa World development manager Peter Johnson said Seabright was one of the company’s fastest-selling projects.“The response from buyers has been overwhelming and this has prompted us to bring on the third instalment of Seabright,” Mr Johnson said.last_img read more

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