20
Apr

"Very Cool People" dedicates a song to renegades of Latvian music history

Musical hooligans "Very Cool People" release the second single from the autumn album "50 Years of Influence + 30 Years of Cool Equals 13 Years of Music Hooliganism". It's called Renegade and is released along with the band's most engaging video to date.

The song is recorded in the studio at once by an 8-piece band featuring four horns & rhythm section. This is an instrumental tune. The composition also has a vocal part in the middle with the lyrics "Baaa, baa, ba, ba, ba, ba, baaa". This song has a slight Soviet estrada touch as well. 

The new single is based on the aesthetics of vocal-instrumental music of Latvia of the seventies, written in the best retro soul-jazz tradition, mixed with ska and Latin rhythms. The composition has a vocal part in the middle with the lyrics “Bā, bā, bā, bā, bā / Bā, bā, bā, bā, ba, ba, bā…” that are easily understandable by all the nations of the world. Scatting syllables and sounds “ba, ba, bā…” could also be called unique, new scat phrases with the claim to become archived in the consciousness of the world music industry as a Latvian scat. 

"We dedicate this tune and clip to all Latvian music renegades who resisted the general requirements and listened, as well as played, jazz, rock, funk and instrumental non-academic music, keeping it alive from the sixties to the nineties," explains Very Cool People's leader Elvijs Grafcovs. "We want to say:" Thank you to all the renegades of the past, you helped to create the next generation of musicians and in the end you have paved the way for us in the off-road conditions of Latvia’s past! " The clip was filmed at the legendary VEF Culture Palace, where in the past 40 to 80 different amateur and professional ensembles, choirs and dance groups have rehearsed and countless musical acts have been performed. 

This is the second single of the band's upcoming album – “50 Years Of Influence + 30 Years Of Cool Equals 13 Years Of Music Hooliganism”, the hooligans did not respect any musical boundaries and allowed themselves to mix jazz with classical music, Balkan music with metal, surf music with funk and soul, choir music with klezmer, as well as mixing musical heritage of various nations living in Latvia.

This single is written & arranged by Andris Buiķis; Produced by A.Buiķis & E.Grafcovs; Mixed by Andris Buiķis at “Ciemupes Production”, Ogre, Latvia; Mastered by Jānis Kalve at “Labo Ierakstu Studija”, Riga, Latvia; Released by SIA VERY COOL PEOPLE.  Oskars Ozoliņš – trumpet, vocal; Māris Jēkabsons – tenor sax, vocal; Laura Rozenberga – trombone, vocal; Kristaps Lubovs – baritone sax, vocal; Elvijs Grafcovs – guitar; Māris Vitkus – organ, rhodes piano; Jānis Olekšs – bass; Andris Buiķis- drums, percussions, vocal.

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