Raging Fyah New Album Everlasting Brings Back Reggae Roots
Nothing says summer more than spending countless days lounging on the beach and listening to the sweet sounds of island music. This summer, with the recent release of Everlasting by Raging Fyah, reggae fans of all ages have cause to celebrate. As the once-exclusive genre continues to spread all over the globe and change in subtle ways, Raging Fyah has taken a turn in the opposite direction with this album, paying respect to the genre's Jamaican heritage by creating an album that can only be described as classic “roots-rock-reggae”. Jamaican natives themselves, the musicians of Raging Fyah are no strangers to the music that is such an integral part of their country's history and culture. Yet, as reggae continues to gain popularity all over the world, being embraced by people of different cultures, the genre continues to change at an ever more rapid pace; more sub-genres of reggae have emerged than even the most dedicated fan can be expected to keep track of. Although I welcome all the new and unique reggae being produced nowadays, from California to Peru to Italy to Nigeria, it soothes my soul to hear an album that fills the air with cool, authentic tones that have gone all but extinct in this age of MIDI keyboards and electric-everything.
The thirteen-song LP beings with a groovy, spiritual tune “Everlasting”.
Raging Fyah doesn't wait until the album gets going to invoke themes central to the beliefs of Rastafari, the Afrocentric religion practiced and made famous by Bob Marley and other Jamaican reggae artists. Calls for unity, love, justice, and faith abound throughout this song and all the others on this album. “Dash Wata” is a feel-good love song in classic one-drop style (so named for the lack of a kick-drum hit on the first beat of every measure). “Try Again” is a passionate song of praise and resilience, my personal favorite of the songs off Everlasting.
Yet, Raging Fyah's adherence to the genuine sounds of Jamaica doesn't mean that they don't know what else is going on in the music world. Many prominent artists are featured on the album, from Californian rapper and singer J Boog to Jamaican dancehall artist Busy Signal.
“Would You Love Me” is a funky, danceable tune featuring Busy Signal's iconic “toasting”. “Raggamuffin” is a heavily dubbed and produced tune that pays respect to the street-roughness, rudeboy swagger that is central to the Jamaican identity.
If you don't know much about reggae, Everlasting is a well-rounded primer to the genre, and if you're a lifelong fan, you'll quickly fall in love with the crisp musicianship displayed by every performer in the band. This album is full of perfectly mastered and produced songs that make even the whitest of awkward dancers want to move their feet, so go grab a copy of Everlasting today and get your skank on! The album is also available for streaming on Spotify, and more info about the band can be found on their website, here.
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