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 little "church"
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,"
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.