Monday, April 18, 2016

Stick Figure - Set In Stone


Here I go again, a new week and another wonderful Monday, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

As the days are getting longer, hotter and more sunny, a weather where the body just freaks out to rhythms of the summer I thought that a more summerish album could fit in just perfectly.

The inherently talented multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff, originally from Massachusetts, the lead man in STICK FIGURE. A man that I have a big respect for, he has manage to stand apart, thanks to his inherent aptitude for composing, he got the rhythms, the groove and all this with a magical feeling. His music has a pretty unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub.

And now, with "Set In Stone", the fifth full length LP, where he and his band faces the big task of living up to 2012’s critically acclaimed "Burial Ground", which is not an easy task to beat, but hey, STICK FIGURE returns with an absolute scorcher of a record!



Preceding "Set in Stone", STICK FIGURE has released five albums, all recorded solo, with (guitarist/vocalist) Scott Woodruff laying down the tracks one by one. The current live band line-up features Kevin Bong (KBong) on keyboards, Kevin Offitzer on drums, Johnny Cosmic on percussion, guitar, keyboard, and bassist Tommy Suliman, with Scott upfront on guitar and vocals.

"Set In Stone" has an vibrant sonic soundscape, an culmination of a journey that has seen the producer go from a mysterious figure to becoming a major player and virtually inventing a melodic subgenre of reggae that finds inspiration from mid-tempo electronic music. With guest features from Slightly Stoopid ("Choice Is Yours"), Rebelution ("Mind Block"), Collie Buddz ("Smokin' Love") and KBong. "Set in Stone" took three years in the making, 14 tracks and by far the best production I have seen on a STICK FIGURE record.

The album starts with a "Fire on the Horizon", a beautifully constructed track, a silky ear-warming distinct tone, trembling guitar riff and a mesmerizing beat with Woodruff’s typical psychedelic vocals that will get anyone to sing along. The album contains typical bas line pattern, great hooks, playful keyboards heard especially in tracks like "Choice is Yours", "Mind Block" and "Smokin’ Love" to the top a pulsating tunes like "Sound of the Sea" and "Sentenced" where both are a wonderful pieces with it's searing bottom-heavy bass line and the later with it's haunting organ riffs. The mid-tempo romantic love tunes like "In This Love", "Out the Door", "One of Those Days", "Shadow" and "All My Love" with it's modern touch with a classic root beat and positive vibe with hitting keys and smooth riddims.

Summary:

Top to bottom "Set In Stone" is this summers best Reggae record, you need this!

Just listen to the lyrics of today's tune and you will understand.

I found love in the strangest places, where all is meant be
Jamming to the sounds favorite song, I said good love is all we need
And when you get down, turn it up loud, and soon we’ll feel at peace
When the world does you wrong, you listen to that song, like the birds listen to the trees


Today's tune "Fire on the Horizon" is taken from STICK FIGUREs fifth album "Set In Stone"


Upcoming Tour Dates:

Apr 17 Sam's San Antonio, TX
Apr 19 420 Eve on the Rocks w/ Method Man, Redman,... Morrison, CO
May 20 Hangout Music Festival w/ The Weeknd, Calvin... Gulf Shores, AL
May 29 California Roots Music and Arts Festival w/ Rebelution, Michael... Monterey, CA
Jun 08 College Street Music Hall. w/ Rebelution, The Green,... New Haven, CT
Jun 09 Stone Pony Summerstage w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 10 River Stage at Great Plaza w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Philadelphia, PA
Jun 11 Theatre at Westbury w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Westbury, NY
Jun 12 Maine State Pier w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Portland, ME
Jun 15 Innsbrook Pavilion w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Glen Allen, VA
Jun 16 Red Hat Amphitheater w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Raleigh, NC
Jun 17 Pier Six Pavilion w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Baltimore, MD
Jun 22 Riverfront Park w/ Rebelution, The Green,... North Charleston, SC
Jun 23 St. Augustine Amphitheatre w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Saint Augustine, FL
Jun 24 Sunset Cove Amphitheater w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Boca Raton, FL
Jun 25 Vinoy Park w/ Rebelution, The Green,... St Petersburg, FL
Jul 09 Levitate Music Festival w/ The Movement Marshfield, MA
Jul 14 Pemberton Music Festival Pemberton, BC
Aug 04 Revolution Concert House & Event Center w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Garden City, ID
Aug 05 Marymoor Amphitheater w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Redmond, WA
Aug 06 Cuthbert Amphitheater w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Eugene, OR
Aug 10 Villa Hispana w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Albuquerque, NM
Aug 11 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Aug 12 Greek Theatre w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13 Santa Barbara Bowl w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 14 Avila Beach Golf Resort w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Avila Beach, CA
Aug 18 Mandalay Bay Beach w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Las Vegas, NV
Aug 19 The Complex w/ Rebelution, The Green,... Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 20 Big Sky Brewing Company w/ Rebelution, The Green,...Missoula, MT
Sep 02 Backwoods Music Festival w/ Big Gigantic, Nahko...Stroud, OK
Sep 02 Union Park Chicago, IL

More info @

Official Stick Figure Web

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