Cameroonian musician Franck Biyong continues to prove
the infinite possibilities of African music with new LP,
MOONWATCHING, the world’s first Afro-Electro-Rock album.
Hot on the heels of recent teaser “End of The Road”, the album
MOONWATCHING is a superb melding of man and machine that delivers a sound as frenetic, full of surprises and layered as the
Kicking off with “Silence in Music”, the very soundtrack of a cyber apocalypse, Franck puts his distinct electric guitar touch with a
spirited screech that slices through the measured and militant
waves of sound. “King Fripp” comes across as bouncy and
spacey as does “End of the Road” with additional 80's disco
vibes and a sensation of speed; a hectic race towards the future.
“Mission of the Sun” opens with a deceptive mellowness that
belies the subsequent heavy grunge overtones. Bellyful of electric riffs, “Spirits and Rebirth” is dreamy, soft in its conclusion, reflective. Franck lets loose android phantoms in “Digital Voodoo Blues”
a song that’s so schizophrenic and at odds with itself that it flat
lines into static.
Rounding off this Afro-futuristic voyage is “The Orphan Song”
with its infectious fusion of sitar, synth, bass, acoustic and
electric guitars that work in tandem to create a head
MOONWATCHING is a refreshing departure from the expected
musical outputs of today’s artists with its cornucopia of
Notes by Wanjeri Gakuru
(Wanjeri Gakuru is a creative writer and freelance magazine journalist living and working in Nairobi. Wanjeri is also a member of pan-African writers' collective Jalada)