Black Bird Hum – Down – Single Review

The Australian rocksteady nonet Black Bird Hum are currently on tour in Australia until November.

Black Bird Hum

Black Bird Hum

With some fortune prior to departing they were able to find some studio time to reveal Down. There are two versions of the song around – one the radio version the other being the original which is longer by over half a minute. For reasons that are self-evident, for those who have been with the site for a while, a reggae track is never likely to be too long to my mind, alongside which this isn’t a radio station so needing to fit in to all sorts of boxes is never a consideration, resultingly I have been awaiting clearance on the full version which arrived yesterday.

A tad over four minutes song which is of the roots of the genre with its political sagacity that, whilst being remonstrable in message, never spills over to spoil the inclusiveness and warm nature of the music and perhaps why the subtle-politics and party-style typically found in the various flavours of reggae normally find favour in my ears.

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