Right Where I Belong by Earphunk

Tony Gatto
November 8, 2016

RATING:

67

%

TRACKS:

8

LABEL:

Digitracks | Boondock Studio

RELEASE DATE:

10/07/2016


Earphunk’s fifth studio album dropped early last month, October 7th, two short weeks after the band announced that they would be parting ways to explore their own musical endeavors. The news came as a shock to the Earphunk fans and community, which came at a time when the band seemed to pick up steam with an imminent album release and a main stage appearance at Electric Forest Festival. Right Where I Belong does not disappoint and leaves us longing for some more NOLA “phunk”.

Although overall Earphunk strays from their typical funk-rock, or prog-funk as they call it, on this album, the first track, "Thangis," sounds and feels like a typical Earphunk tune. With rich grooves and an emphasis on the organ as well flashy, high-energy interludes, the first song sets the tone for the entire album. Next up, "Moolah," a satirical tale of the desire for money, really sticks to the rock feel that can be heard on almost every track. The bass drum drives the song, landing on every downbeat for its entirety. Lyrics return for "Right Where I Belong" as the band grooves through slower jam rock. The chorus has another driving bass drum beat as the guitar seems to harmonize the vocals before giving way to an organ heavy interlude.

The only track with distinct syncopation, indicative of a funk beat, is "Species." The two guitars lead the song off in harmony and their interplay can be heard throughout propelling the tune onward. Both "Moshimo" and "Laura" evoke a similarity to a Lotus feel, with melodic guitar solos and prominent keys. These songs leave room for long improvisations and provoke an urge to dance. An outdoor venue or a darkly lit room seem the perfect place to enjoy these songs.

Having strayed from their characteristic funk feel, and in the absence of any horns on the album, it took a few listens through for the album to grow on me. Nonetheless, Earphunk has delivered yet another solid record. The slower, straightforward beats leave no room for interpretation as the band really drives home the grove on each track. Every song has a distinct feel that makes you wish you were at a live show, dancing.

The newer sound makes you wonder in what direction the band may have gone if they were to continue producing music. We can only hope that one day we may find out.

RIGHT WHERE I BELONG

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