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David Bridie's new album features Simbu village songs

July 31 2008 at 11:53 AM
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From Brisbane Courier Mail 31/07/08

DAVID Bridie has discovered the knob that goes to 11 on the amp and is playing with all the vigour of a 20-year-old.

The Melbourne songwriter, soundscaper, world music explorer, film soundtrack composer and human rights campaigner returns with his first solo album in five years and sounds like he's having the time of his life.

Not that Bridie hasn't rocked before, but it was a different kind of thing when Not Drowning Waving cooked up their own idiosyncratic, hypnotic grooves, and his other long-running band My Friend The Chocolate Cake favours acoustic instruments.

Bridie is a keyboard player and on his solo albums often layers these into lush atmospheres to support his powerful songwriting.

But Succumb (Liberation) opens with the ominous guitar chug of So Many Lies, with Bridie ripping into capitalist greed ("So many lies we haven't used yet") with the kind of relish that suggests he's been listening to a lot of Midnight Oil lately.

Then there are the hints of The Saints circa Know Your Product with the brass section on Going Out With The Enemy, which doesn't feature any keyboards but loads of guitar power and pounding drums, as Bridie sings his guts out on a song that seethes with his disgust at Australia's participation in the Iraq war and the treatment of convicted terrorist David Hicks.

And the title tune is a sparkling, up-tempo soul-pop tune with brass and female back-up vocals, and Phil Wales lets rips with a blistering guitar solo, a rarity on any of the records Bridie has made in his 20-year career.

The other big rock tune – co-written with the Oils' Jim Moginie – is This Year Is Better Than Last Year, which Bridie says reflects his personal frame of mind as well as his response to the change of federal government.

These songs contrast with the burbling electro throb of The Foreign Correspondent and the brooding textures of Falling Down, more in keeping with Bridie's other solo work, as are songs like Swirl (Wrapped Around You Heart, another of those Bridie songs inspired by landscapes far from the city limits, on this occasion in Australia's desert heart.

PNG influence

Bridie's long-time love affair with the sights, sounds and people of PNG continues on Raskol Dusty, which features huge slabs of vocals recorded in the Chimbu province, and concludes with a PNG folk song recorded on top of a mountain in front of a fire.

The album concludes the moody keyboard layers of Anti-Chase Music 2, a curiously downbeat conclusion to an album which is so "up".

But hang on, there's more, not so much a secret track as a last-minute inclusion that's so good that it demanded a change of plans even when the album cover was shipped off to the printers.

That's Too Much Superstition (Devil), built around an insistent, hypnotic rhythm, rich in the imagery that Bridie took from a funeral that he attended in Bougainville, the kind of dazzling world-funk stew that we haven't heard much of since Talking Heads' Remain In Light.

No wonder Bridie is feeling better this year. He's made what might be the best record of his career, 24 years after making his debut with Not Drowning Waving.

Succumb is out on August 9.

 
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Re: David Bridie's new album features Simbu village songs

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August 4 2008, 9:26 AM 

no one gives a ****. he is this dude anyway???

 
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Mangi A***hole

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September 4 2008, 7:50 PM 

If you don't know who he is you are too stupid to post on this board - ignorant arse.
Fu**king Bush Kanaka.

Ask George Telek

 
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September 5 2008, 8:42 AM 

Bata......em nogat nem accordin to street music....nogat man harim nem blo em na singsing blo em.....therefore we dont give a rats arse. now we listen to Squatters Band from Morata...take me to paradise is what grooves the streets right now

 
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Laikim Music blo ples.

Bridie is giving PNG musicians a chance

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September 26 2008, 5:47 PM 

David Bridie's albums and collarborations are sold right around the world.His albums are marketed by big international labels,like .Virgin Records,Sony,EMI.etc.
He does sound tracks for movies and TV shows.
Those Morata street music are only sold around PNG streets and "not around the world".Thats why PNG street musicians will always eat rice and tinpis ,and dry bisket for the rest of their lives.
Atleast David is gividng some PNG musicians a chance to make it big outside PNG(International exposure)

 
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November 6 2008, 6:36 AM 

Bara wanbel i stap... Squater em husat!! 1pla 626 band that can't play live...
David Bridie em trupla man promoting PNG music in the world sceen not bloody Motata sceen wake up PNG too much CHM plastic musik give us some real musik live drums and play what yu record

 
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November 26 2008, 6:01 PM 

amen bro, those guys frm squatters probably dont know how to even hold instruments.

 
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