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Morning Macumba
A Hidden Agenda Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Tony Carbone got much of the inspiration for Bikeride's latest album on a recent trip to Brazil. Morning Macumba's opener, "Radio Ougadougou" can attest to that, a short instrumental that, according to Parasol Publicity "gets the maracas shaking, for the rest of the album."

There is a constant theme throughout Morning Macumba of American indie-rock with some Brazilian, often Bossa Nova-sounding influences. Even the album cover features art inspired by Brazilian Forro artist Martinho da Vila's LP jacket for Canta, Canta, Minha Gente. "Knees on Top," the album's third song, continues with that pattern. Right before a vibraphone solo, Carbone croons amidst layers of Moog, guitar and effervescent electronics, "Please don't talk Brazilian music/we won't stop until we use it/ for rocket fuel".

There are a few songs in which Bikeride effectively blend influences without either trying to be too worldly or just sounding boring (see "Fakin' Amnesia"). "Catch That Spark" blends an obvious Beach Boys influence with the afore-mentioned Brazilian inspiration, yielding a result that is one of the more successful tracks on Morning Macumba.

Though most songs on Morning Macumba are middle-of-the-road, Bikeride has some great ideas; they hit something on "Catch That Spark," and I'd be interested to hear what they put out in the future.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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