Bonobo Drops a Dreamy New Album 'Migration'
  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017

  • Posted by: Mandi Dudek



RATING: 4/5

Bonobo has made some truly beautiful music in his day. From the relaxing, downtempo debut album, Animal Magic, to 2013's The North Borders, Bonobo makes music where we can all drift off to foreign places and escape reality for a short time. His newest album, Migration is no different. It's hard to believe he's been making music for 17 years, but when you hear Migration, it has all the sounds of a seasoned veteran.

Bonobo - whose real name is Simon Green - recorded most of Migration while on the road amidst his chaotic tour. It's an album that you need to listen to from start to finish - where your mind can float away to the clouds and stay there until the very last moment of the last song. I feel like the record is a reflection of Bonobo questioning life on the road and what "home" really is to him.

Migration has songs like "Grains" and "Second Sun" where you can gaze out the window and daydream about life. It has guest vocalists like Nicole Miglis on "Surface" and Nick Murphy on "No Reason" that add dimension to the record. "Bambro Koyo Ganda" features New York-based band Innov Gnawa, who hails from Morocco and helped create a song unlike any of the others on Migration.

The title track embodies everything that makes Bonobo amazing. It opens up with an electronic thump and brings you to a relaxed, tensionless state. On the contrary, the album's lead single, "Kerala" came with a music video that shows a woman running from something, which ignites some anxiety - but I believe the video shows her attempting to escape her own thoughts.

Migration takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions, most of them being out-of-this-world phenomenal and dreamy thoughts. It's another triumph in Bonobo's nearly two decades of making music and he seems to only get better.
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