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Grand Baton – Carnal Carnival

Grand Baton
Carnal Carnival
by Dave “That Metal Guy” Campbell at 03 September 2015, 8:03 AM

GRAND BATON is a Caribbean Beats/Dubstep/Bit-Crushed Guitars band based out of New York City and New Orleans, United States. They report that their sound is a mixture of Electronica, World and Rock music. The album contains right tracks.

The opening instrumental is chocked full of dubstep rhythms and a fuzzy electronic sound done in a sterile key. The first track with vocals is entitled “Caribbean Raider.” It has a foot tapping rhythm and vocals seem to be more of a background effect than anything. The main melody line is more of a discordant sound than anything, and the swirl of electronics pepper the landscape. Various percussion parts seem to have more of presence here. “Hands Up” is a slower paced track with some mystery provided by the vocal style. You can definitely hear more of a darkness in this song. The piano parts echo this sentiment, while providing more of a sense of melody than previous tracks. “L.O.V.E.L.F.O” has more of an upbeat rhythm but the electronics are still low and dark. “Tired of Myself” changes things up a bit, entering on a major chord and invoking more images of positivity, despite the title of the song. This song has a little bit more of a traditional structure. “Drop off your Bags” hits you full on with a soft but beautiful melody that is unlike many of the other songs on the album. This could be something you hear on the radio. “Pa Di Mwen” is a heavily synthesized song where the presence of the drums isn’t as pronounced. I hear more of a Caribbean influence here as well. Closing the album is the eight minute track called “Idemdito.” There are a lot of different sounds presented here as the track toggles between passages of melody and the sterile dubstep.

This style of music is new for me. I didn’t hear a lot Rock music in most tracks however; it was fairly light on that end of things. There were moments of strong melody but as a whole it lacked diversity in a style where diversity can be very exploratory.

3 Star Rating

1. Welcome to the Carnival
2. Caribbean Raider
3. Hands Up
4. L.O.V.E.L.F.O
5. Tired of Myself
6. Drop off your Bags
7. Pa Di Mwen
8. Idemdito
JC Maillard/Grand Baton – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Thierry Arpino – Drums
Amo Dolmen – Ka Drum
Didier Juste/Sonny Troupe/Oliver Juste – Ka Drums
Obanilu Allende/Gilmar Gomes – Percussion
Etienne Mbappe/Linley Marthe/Fabrice Fanfant – Bass
P Rey – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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