Bedouin Soundclash: Light The Horizon

This Canadian trio provides the listener with inspiring and moving tracks with a poppy, ska and world motivated sound, all while paying homage to the environment that inspires the band during the writing process.

“Mountain Top,” provides the listener an upbeat start and inspiring lyrics. Transitioning from the upbeat pop of the first song, “Fools Tattoo,” has sultry sung vocals and a ska melody to back up an overall message of a person being depicted as a fool. Keeping the overall mellow vibe on “May You Be The Road” vocalist Jay Malinowski serenades the listener with the idea that we are all each other’s road and asks us to chose which roads to follow wisely. The love duet that features Canadian songstress Coeur de Pirate, “Brutal Heart,” has soft melodies that almost send you into a trance while Malinowski and Pirate sing about being wanted and being used.

Bedouin Soundclash kicks the second half of Light The Horizon off with “oohs” and the sounds of the forest in “No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt” can be interpreted as an anti-war statement with a tropical island vibe. Bringing more of an easy to sway to ska beat, “The Quick & The Dead,” is my least favorite number on the release. Bedouin Soundclash keeps the happier island and ska beats coming with “Rolling Stone” and “A Chance Of Rain.” But to close out the selection, “Follow The Sun” is the darkest song on this release melodically, but contradicts the instrumentals by being lyrically, the most spiritual song in the collection.

In A Word: Relaxing