Release date: 29 October 2013
The Dirty Heads is a five-piece from SoCal that brings an all-acoustic flair to their patented reggae rock on Home – Phantoms of Summer: The Acoustic Sessions. They’ve worked with Del the Funky Homosapien and Ky-Mani Marley in the past. These are quite pleasant, pastoral acoustic sessions with a beachy feel. The reggae vibe is strong in harmonies, backing “ooo”s, steel drums, and lyrics about love and sunshine. The singing has a fast, major-key, half-spoken delivery. Cheers for the good life are rife in every track. The ballads are earnest and chill – The Dirty Heads are happy music. There are a few hip-hop interludes that will appeal to some but not to others. The intro and outro are not to be ignored, and work well back-to-back. I’m struck by the sincerity of this album; the only exception being the pedantic “Sloth’s Revenge,” but it’s a no-play anyway. Home – Phantoms of Summer is good for a beach day compilation or a mixtape for a lover who still knows how to make you nervous.
Great for morning shows, maybe even reggae shows? Out on FiveSevenMusic.
Fun times are here! Cuts in bold. Watch the no-plays: #2, #8, #10.
1. Intro (Anchors Up) – (1:20)
2. Warming Sun – (3:37)
3. Coming Home – (3:07)
4. Strike Gently – (3:52)
5. Garland – (3:49)
6. Phantom – (1:51)
7. Higher and Higher – (3:21)
8. Gold to Me – (3:47)
9. Cabin by the Sea [Live] – (3:46)
10. Sloth’s Revenge – (3:33)
11. Outro (Beast of the Lake) – (1:59)
RIYL: Bedouin Soundclash, Bob Marley, Best Coast’s Crazy For You