Depending on what you listen to, you may not have heard of Rwandan trio, The Good Ones. After years of being in a part of the world where electricity isn’t always guaranteed, the three piece utilizes a vocal method that’s based around the farming traditions of their environment. With an almost hymnal based approach, the three piece is ready to not only release their new album featuring Joe Lally, Nels Cline, Kevin Shields and many more, but to tour the states for the first time as well. With RWANDA, You Should Be Loved out in November, their leas single “The Farmer” has all of the nomadic traditions and vocally impressive tones you should expect.
The song opens with acoustic strumming and finger picking, as if it were being done in person. The vocal measures are extraordinary though you have very little idea of what the words mean. This doesn’t matter as the vocals mixed with the guitar creates a tone that’s almost hypnotic while drawing your attention for the short run time of the track. It’s definitely different while mesmerizing at the same time.
The lyric video can be viewed above or on YouTube, the song can be streamed on all streaming sites and RWANDA, You Should Be Loved is available for pre-order directly from Anti- Records ahead of its November 08 release. The Good Ones will be on tour from September 24 in Seattle, WA at Moore Theatre until October 05 in Los Angeles, CA at Largo at The Coronet. Their complete tour schedule can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Marilena Umuhoza.