Caulbearers are a Manchester-based collective of musicians, but with contributors also hailing from around the UK and Europe.
Based on the songs of producer and vocalist Damien Mahoney, their sound has been described as “archaic Funk fables and Soul migrations… bittersweet songs of the self, soul and society” and “roots music from the rainy city… Psychedelic Soul with poetic, social observation.”
The 8-piece ensemble weave together elements of Hip-Hop, Funk, Dub, Soul and Jazz, with plenty of grit and discord in the mix. Caulbearers’ rhythms, arrangements and soundscapes are hugely inspired by many forms of electronic music, but are solely channelled through the use of live instruments.
A meandering bass line over funk drums give a discordant opening before short blasts of horns and strings weave their way through the track uplifting it as Damien Mahoney is joined on vocal duties by Ruth Blake. A brief sax break provides a perfect interlude which completes the track.
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