Fat Freddy’s Drop are set to release their fourth studio album, BAYS, on October 23rd 2015. Following the worldwide success of Blackbird in 2013, the New Zealand based seven-piece are back with BAYS, a 9-track LP recorded at the bands BAYS Studio in Kilbirnie, Wellington a former 1950s HMV vinyl pressing plant.
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The predominantly studio written album draws on the lexicon of genres that have come to epitomize the bands sound. Opening with the slow burn funk of Wairunga Blues the album journeys through a hybrid of reggae, jazz with techno rhythms underpinning Freddy’s signature horns and Joe Dukie s soulful and introspective vocal, arriving finally on the crooked blues jam of Novak. The album exudes a confidence of a band truly comfortable in their skin. It’s been a more creative process writing this album in the studio rather than recording songs which have been well roadtested, Freddy’s vocalist Joe Dukie said.