The rebirth of decadence. If the Jaguar E-Type were a band, this is what it would sound like.
Inspired by the sounds of late sixties reggae producer Leslie Kong (Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Wailers), the Baudelaires like some soul with their reggae and they're not afraid of a ittle "church" too.
That is, if church refers to the feverish gospel-cum-ska sound that Toots Hibbert drew on for hits like "Sweet and Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" or Desmond Dekker liberally borrowed for "Israelites" and Jimmy Cliff majestically carved into "The Harder They Come."
Sweaty. Carnal. Transcendent. The Baudelaires.
Formed with members from three bands in the Guelph-Waterloo (Ontario) area (the Jolly Llamas, What the Thunder Said, Brother Freedom), the Baudelaires revisit Jamaican classics such as "Reggae Got Soul," "Soul Shakedown Party," "Draw Your Brakes" and "Mix Up Girl" sometimes lovingly recreating a vintage sound, at other times giving the material an entirely new reading.
They are artful dubbers. They are a rhythm machine. They are also intent on crafting modern classics: their original songs focus on the love of reggae culture ("Rae Town," "Montreal"), the love of a good tryst ("Let Me Be Your Gun," "Let Me Sleep in Your Bed") and the love of a good clash ("Recession," "Shame Shame").
Lovers. Then fighters. The Baudelaires.
With more charisma than a cult leader the Baudelaires, to misquote Elvis Costello, will pull your ears out with a sound like a magnet.