The Father Figure Sessions

by freesoulJAH

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The Father Figure Sessions (2017): Although the philosophical considerations and revolutionary cries of his previous albums might qualify as heavy, it would be hard to describe FreesoulJAH’s music with the same term. On his seventh album, the indie folk-psych primitivist switches his distortion up to to “high” for a guitar-based workout, effectively breaking his own pattern of simple, riff-repeating songs. With heavier crunch, more profanity and a greater emphasis on melodic guitar solos and licks, the album takes the artist’s man-out-of-time style and effectively updates it for the era of Alt-J or late-period Beck. “I’m gonna make a better way for me, myself and the human race,” FreesoulJAH growls and screams on “A Better Way,” one of the few vocal songs on the album.

A few tracks later, he lays a blaxploitation-ready funk riff down on “Test of the Revolutionary Emergency Broadcast System,” before entering into a suite of hard-riffing instrumental tracks. From the mid-period Pink Floyd soundscape of “The Future of the Past,” to the Tony Iommi-like blues fugues of “To Honor Those that Come Before,” his varied play styles and riffs here make a powerful argument that the singer and instrumentalist is more than a one trick pony. By the time the album ends with “Be the Change,” a return to the drone-and-mantra-based songwriting style of earlier albums, it’s clear that FreesoulJAH has proven himself able to change and grow as an artist as well.

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released October 1, 2017

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Blending modern indie and lo-fi production style with late-1960s agitprop folk, FreesoulJAH’s guitar, loop and vocal based songs hypnotize, inspire and empower. His simple, mantra-like lyrics cut through the barriers of poetry and ambiguity to “speak truth to power” and offer a light in the darkness. ... more

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