Northwoods Boy – Kung Fu Hippies (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Blending some gorgeously evocative Spaghetti Western vibes through an Americana musical landscape, the fabulously named Kung Fu Hippies, kick up a wonderful sonic storm. They take a simple folk structure and hang some resonant 50’s guitar twangs and country grooves on it but throw in a bucket of their own inspirations too, especially in the neat mid-point breakdown. As such the result is the soundtrack to an alternative Western movie, one which perhaps takes place in the here and now, eschewing the usual settings and perhaps taking place in the wilds around their own Twin Cities home. I’d watch that film for the concept alone!

It’s a cool song, it seems to be pulled together from loose grooves, the sort of loose but meticulously planned grooves that only the best musicians can pull off and it has an exciting dynamic meander, again meandering with the exactitude of people who really know what they are about.

The next time I hear Northwoods Boy, I want it to be on film accompanying a posse of drifters riding their horses along the banks of the St Croix, heading towards the skyline of the Twin Cities, in search of some “no good hound that done them wrong.” If not there will be a northern hell to pay!

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