Music Review

Meet The UK-based ‘Nu-eyed funk’ band

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With today’s digital world, one has to wonder if the youth of today still pass hand-written notes around in school; especially given that texting is now so much faster. There are those of us who remember the glory days of getting a note (or maybe even sending a few of them ourselves) with a particular signature at the bottom to conceal the identity and to spark a whirlwind of wonderment of who this mysterious note came from; your secret admirer. In their newest single release, ‘Secret Admirer’, Barbudo melds some psychedelic and funk-fuelled melodies, shimmering vocal harmonies, and super groovy baselines to produce a sound that is the perfect summer track for a trip back in time complete with a disco ball. Groovy, Baby! Yeah!

 

1.Barbudo

 

Comprised mostly of brothers Harry Stanworth (vocals/guitar), Ben Stanworth (drums), and Elliot Salter (bass), Barbudo is a Havant, UK-based ‘Nu-eyed funk’ band that blends various elements of old-school 70’s funk and psychedelic rock, smooth R&B, with some soul and disco. With Harry and Ben using their home studio as the base of operations to write and record their tunes, their main influences include Steely Dan, Shuggie Otis, The Isley Brothers, and many 70’s funk/soul/disco pioneers. According to Harry, the origins of Barbudo began with the brothers making music together for a long time, “Ben started the band with a few songs he had made. Elliot joined shortly after that. The rest is history.” The band name itself comes from the Spanish language, he adds, “It means bearded person in Spanish. Ben has a beard. It was his idea…”

 

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When asked about the inspiration behind their ‘Secret Admirer’ track, Harry says, “It’s a playful confession of having guilty pleasures and secretly liking something that is deemed ‘uncool’ by most people. You might not admit to liking it in public, but in private and beyond judging eyes, you can see it for what it is and fully enjoy it. Like listening to Coldplay when you are sad.” Ben also adds, “We were going for a Latin-infused funk-vibe; like a blend of Michael Jackson and Santana.”

With such an easy flow to their music, it got me curious in asking them if there was a single message that they would want to put out there to make the world the kind of place that they would aspire to live in, what would that message be? Harry responds with, “Free your mind and your ass will follow.” Very 70’s; peace and love.