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Rite to Silence - The Sandals

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Genre: Dance & Electronic / Artist: The Sandals / Release Date: 1994 / Music Label: Open Grave

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      20.02.2012 21:54
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      Creative instrument layering with food for thought

      *Introduction*

      The quartet from south London were, Derek Delves, Will Blanchard, Ian Simmonds and John Harris. Released the 'Rite to silence' album in 1994. And one E.P. 'Cracked' in 1995. The band split in 1996.

      *Tracks*

      Feet - "I wanna know what's happening, and I wanna know now!, let's hear it straight''. Starts a sample from an old movie (sounds like Humphrey Bogart), with a 90's dance beat, saxophone and flute. An upbeat mellow jazz/funk style song to get you in the swing, made me nod my head and puts me in a happy mood.

      Nothing - A song about man, the government, and corruption in life. With plenty of bongo/percussion. Brilliant meaning and rhythms to match.

      No movement - Harmonious harp, violins backing track and clarinet played in an Arabian style. Sings "No movement" in a deep gruff voice. Hip-hop vocals have a Massive Attack kind of flow to them. Very hypnotic harps and cool electro/synthesizer which has a 808 state - Cubik sound to it.

      Change - 90's indie guitar feel to it - Blur's - There's no other way strum, haunting female backing track and happy floaty flute. Catchy lyrics "People gotta change, people gotta change, why don't you change?"

      Arden's bud - This instrumental track, has a Primal Screamesque layout of free-form percussion with more of a club/dance feel than an indie/rock one. Very groovy, and has me happily drifting/dancing around the room.

      We wanna live - The chorus "How long? We wanna live, we wanna live". The kind of drum beat and collaborative feel that the artist Tricky would arrange. Constructed well, but rather tedious, could have been a bit shorter, to hold my attention.

      We don't wanna be the ones to get the blame - Deep bass line begins, a sinister, fascinating piano is added, lead vocals are much to be desired. But having said that there is a quirky cool beatnik spoken poetry kind of element. Which is unique in my opinion. The bass line/ piano hook keeps me happily entertained.

      Love wood - *Favourite track* A feel good tempo with the essence of a good groovy club track, that you could dance and have a good time too, as well as chill out with the goddess whisper "Give me love, give me love wood" the chorus "Drum, hey!" like a native American chant. Sharp rolling drums beats, cymbals and high hat intertwined.

      Here comes the sign - "You begin to see, as your third eye opens, you begin to see, to see even more clearly". This starts the song with a spiritual meditation flow then as the beat drops, I am taken to a jolly jazzy swing paced rhythm. John Harris's flute jam is amazing.

      Profound dub - Instrumental - bongo freestylin, echoing flutes and weird and wonderful chimes drifting together in a free-spirited form.

      *Conclusion*

      An album with plenty of percussion layered with meaningful, political and reflective words. Helps me to relax and groove. A cool album.

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