For Better Days (Deluxe Edition) The Banyans
- 1One More Time04:08
- 3Better Days03:59
- 4Follow Your Light04:17
- 5I Miss You03:42
- 6What's Going On03:41
- 7Like Before04:20
- 8Wasting Time04:21
- 9Mystic Joy, Pt. 102:01
- 10Mystic Joy, Pt. 203:10
- 11Judge I03:57
- 12Spiritual Justice03:42
- 13Everything Is Nice04:34
- 14On the Road (Bonus Track)03:27
- 15Banyan Tree (Bonus Track)02:39
- 16Give Thanks for Life (Bonus Track)02:58
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"You can't judge a book by its cover, you have to read it!" is not only a well-known truism but also a quote from Big Youth on track 11. Only that, in the case of For Better Days, it is not entirely true. This album is one of the rare instances in which the cover conveys perfectly the overall mood of the music it encases: soft, warm, golden and full of promise flows the image from the picture, and likewise flows the music from the speakers. The Banyans (a common name for the fig tree Ficus benghalensis), creators of this sun-drenched piece of honey, might not ring a bell yet, but this is certainly about to change. While they were known locally around their hometown Toulouse after their formation in 2010, the release of Steppin' Forward in 2013 earned them countrywide connivance in France and beyond; since then, Devi (lead vocals), Mael (keyboard/ organ), Jay (guitar/ vocals), Peter (bass), Clement Sticky (drums), Martin (saxophone/ percussions/ vocals) and Irie Raffy (guitar/ vocals) have come a long way.
But back to the music. Recorded at Studio Davout in Paris (except for the additional recordings of the features, which have been done in Jamaica), the organic sound of the entire album has an almost Zobel-esque feel. As Martin, Fully and the Soulrise Band so skillfully accomplished in Keep Planting Seeds, also The Banyans understand to create music that doesn't hurt the ears - you can turn up the volume to di max and still enjoy the sound. While, vocally, Devi might yet miss the deep timbre of legendary Reggae singers, this band of seven is on top musically!
They show their capability in 13 tracks that are sufficiently different to keep your attention until the end. After a measured One More Time, there is the uplifting Fearless which will make you smile with its beautiful melody and bass-line. You'll get some teachings from the solemn voice of an elder in the title track Better Days before, in the first of three combination tunes (the other two are What's Going On feat. Maranto and Judge I feat. Big Youth), Johnny Osbourne invites you to Follow You Light.
Transported to the rain forest in I Miss You (I think the "crickets" heard at beginning and end are called cicadas), this song is especially captivating when the bass starts. A nice change is brought about by Like Before - some Country vibes add to the rural flavour of the band and you'll feel at once enticed to sing along.
"Let me tell you something about my heaven's corner..." croons singer Devi over minimal instrumentation and indeed, Mystic Joy (Part 1) seems like a wonderful introduction to the present work. And if this was the prelude, then Mystic Joy (Part 2) is the climax. Boom! With powerful bass, brass section and an infectious melody you can't help but skip along to the beat.
Wasting Time, instead, creates a melancholy mood with an intro of rain and piano. "Who is helping me to focus on Jah?" Message, melody and Nyabinghi - greatness! It's just a pity The Banyans only sing in English. Understandable if you want to reach a worldwide audience, of course, but in my opinion the lyrical expressionism loses a lot if you use a language other than your mother tongue. Plus, there lies a deep fascination in discovering other languages! I remember comfortable rainy sunday afternoons in my teenage years, spent with the latest CD- or tape-booklet and a dictionary, cracking the code of the songs. Let the linguistic diversity of our world live!
For Better Days will capture you with a golden glow and conscious lyrics. For once, you may judge this release by its cover, but, please, listen to it as well.
Having toured in France and mainland Europe for more than 5 years (hosting over 300 gigs!), the 6 musicians from the south west of France that form “The Banyans” have steadily been gathering an eager crowd.
Following the success of their first album « Steppin Forward », and their concerts more and more across Europe (over 300 concerts), including prestigious opening act, such as The Wailers, Groundation, Clinton Fearon, Alpha Blondy, the Banyans crew is now a must-band of the current reggae scene.
2014, a year full of great meetings, and experiences in working for The Banyans, which continue to grow and rise, like the tree that represents them. The beginning of the year has demonstrated since the group occurred in the first part of the inevitable Alborosie in the finest venues in France, including at the Zenith in Paris.
Meanwhile, to keep its strength and independence, the band gives rise to Khanty Label Records.
To concoct this and vibrancy of their show, the crew has been enriched with new talented musicians!
Currently, now seven members of Banyans, recorded their album in the famous Parisian studio „Davoust“, which hosted OTher between U2, the Rolling Stones, Alpha Blondy, Gainsbourg, Lenny Kravitz, the Skatalites or Ray Charles.
To complete this new album (release scheduled for 23 February 2015) and to tap into the roots of reggae, a trip to Jamaica is organized in November to bring us wonderful surprises and beautiful collaborations.
With many concerts planned and a second album that will transport the audience into her universe roots, 2015 will undoubtedly be the year of the Banyans!
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