"What's my problem, what's my deal? I Just want to play the bass and let you what I feel" sings Keller Willams in Hey Ho Jorge. On his 17th studio album he doesn't play guitar, not a single note. He gritted his teeth and stuck to playing the bass, with his trusty cohorts of Kdubalicious, the live project he started in 2010. No loops either too, by the way.
With Jay Starling on keys and Mark D on drums, Williams goes deep into the funk and left-field dub, dance hall and reggae. A song like Hollywood Freeks sounds like the so theme song for a lost Seventies TV series. He sounds like a lounge lizard in Thinking Out Loud and Buena is a cow funk ditty with Starling's keyboard tapping you on the shoulder to keep it real. Even if you hate reggae, you can't help but smiling after hearing the album's closer Positive.
The "less is more" approach of Bass has paid of handsomely. It's good to have him back after his ill-advised Kids album.
Bass is released on SCI Fidelity Records. Release date: December 13.Tracks:
- The Sun and Moon's Vagenda
- 2 b u
- Hey Ho Jorge
- I am Elvis
- Hollywood Freeks
- Thinking Out Loud
- Super Hot
- Hobo Jungle
He is currently on tour.
- 11/30 The Abbey Theatre, Durango, CO
- 12/02 El Rey Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
- 12/03 Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, AZ
- 12/04 Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
- 12/08 Infinity Hal,l Norfolk, CT
- 12/28 Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC (kids show
- 12/28 Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC (with Kdubalicious)
- 12/29 The National, Richmond, VA (kids show)
- 12/29 The National, Richmond, VA (w/ Kdubalicious and The Pimps of Joytime)
- 12/30 The Norva, Norfolk, VA (kids show)
- 12/30 The Norva, Norfolk, VA (with Kdubalicious and The Pimps of Joytime)
- 12/31 Brooklyn Performing Arts Center, Wilmington, NC (kids show)
- 12/31 Brooklyn Performing Arts Center, Wilmington, NC (with Kdubalicious and Keller & The Keels)