Love the Way

Not enough people have given this Andrew Ashong cat love.

Wait

This is mostly cheesy, but there are a couple of surprising moments that it reaches to some sublime transcendence. Like Erasure’s “Always,” it works in a lot of ways because of how it embraces corniness, or at least a conscious over-earnestness.

Rahh!

Rahh!

I no longer remember how I discovered Jinja Safari, Australia’s indelible world pop group. One of the most distressing things about accidentally deleting the MCWN database is that I no longer have the historical record of many of my favorite musical discoveries. Jinja Safari remains one of my favorite bands to share, in large part because their infectious sounds are a combination of being utterly unique and totally uplifting. There exists few better expressions of optimism than the music of Jinja Safari.

I’m not sure why Cameron ‘Pepa’ Knight, one of the two founding members of Jinja Safari, has decided to go off and release a solo work. His new single, “Rahh!” isn’t a far cry from what you’d expect to hear from Jinja Safari. The music is pounding and upbeat.┬áThere’s still an abundance of seemingly every instrument from across the planet. ┬áThe playfulness, an essential quality to Jinja’s charm, is still there. It’s a song that feels like a welcome back.

More than likely, I first heard of Jinja Safari from an old blog friend, And Pluck Your Strings. It seems it’s now defunct, which I didn’t realize until I started writing this. I don’t recall the name of the guy behind the site, based in Melbourne, Australia, but he was one of the earliest readers of my inane tracts. That site was always a particularly good little source of music that would, usually, fly by more popular sites. And, indeed, much of the music that I’ve come to love from Australia can be directly sourced back to that site. For all that we talk about “everything on the internet is permanent,” very little of it actually is. The historical record of the internet will be a curious one, if there ever exists one. And it will be full of holes.

RIP, And Pluck Your Strings.

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