The Audiophile Artist of The Week is: KONGOS
This is a band of four brothers, the brothers Kongos. These boys, Dylan Daniel, Jesse and Johnny, are the sons of famous South African singer-songwriter John Kongos but now call their home base of operations Phoenix, AZ. Having grown up with musical parents, one would expect the children to be musically inclined and play instruments themselves, and that’s exactly what happened. With a fairly unique lineup instrumentally the quartet’s music consists primarily of a regular rock instrument core of guitar, drums, bass guitar, however the unique element they pull in is in their fourth brother, Johnny, who plays accordion (and the occasional keyboard). All four brothers sing, with Dylan on bass and Jesse primarily sharing the lead.
The group has released two albums, their self-titled debut in 2007 and their sophomore album which originally released in 2012, (with a recent re-release earlier this year) Lunatic.
Their multi-faceted sound allows for greater depth, range and diversity in their musical approach. The band can drone on with a hard-edged, gritty sound filled with roaring, straight-forward vocal harmonies and a simple plodding drum beat and bass line, but they can also sing vocally compelling ballads and take a little bit of the edge off as well. You take a song like Hey I Don’t Know, which has a very bluesy feel to it and it and then you come to a track like Escape, where they utilize melodic harmonies sing about getting away from the everyday hustle and bustle of the modern world to explore and enjoy places with awesome natural beauty, such as Yellowstone National Park.
Traveling On is another fantastic song; a strong vocal performance bolstered simply by acoustic guitar and minimal other instrumentation which eventually grows, all before falling off into a somber piano and acoustic guitar send off.
All-in-all, this band has a lot to offer, and with them all being brothers, it lends to them being deeply close and performing with a lot of chemistry. Their latest album has a lot to offer with twelve tracks thatspeak to different audiences of varying levels. They can be profoundly pop, in tracks like As We Are, but can also perform a banger, jam out, or perform gypsy-styled music when they bring the accordion to the forefront. Be sure to check them out, and if you like them share!
Band Site: http://www.kongos.com/
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