Black Bird Hum Reminds Us That the "World Keeps Spinning" No Matter How Hard Life Gets

Article Contributed by Color Red | Published on Monday, January 17, 2022

Sydney-based roots reggae and dub act, Black Bird Hum, will release "World Keeps Spinning," their second single on Color Red on January 21st, 2022. The track is accompanied by a b-side dub by engineer and longtime friend of the band, Ryan Gambrell, in a digital 45 release. The band also collaborated with collage artist Curtis Bergesen (Collage the World) who created a paper collage used for the release artwork.

The spellbinding rhythmic foundation of "World Keeps Spinning" puts listeners in a trance to recognize the reality that the world keeps spinning no matter how life gets—every day is both a grind and an opportunity to get up and hop on board for the ride. Stylistically, the track is equally influenced by the rousing roots rhythm expression of Steel Pulse and the creative liberties of Fat Freddy’s Drop as demonstrated by bewitching flute parts courtesy of Amy Nelson.

“This track started as a heavy two-chord jam.  Heads down, eyes closed kinda thing.  The lyrics came later and tell the story of a world that spins and spins no matter how hard it is for us all to keep getting up every day and hopping on board the ride.” remarks bandleader Jon Panic.

While no strangers to the reggae and festival scene in Australia as the band has embarked up and down the continent for the past four years, “World Keeps Spinning” is the second track to be released on Color Red and the roots run deep. Drummer Jeff Reiss was a staple in the Denver, CO music scene for over 15 years before relocating to sunny Sydney and performed with fellow Color Red artists, ATOMGA, during the band’s formative years. Founded by Eddie Roberts of the international funk band, The New Mastersounds, Color Red is a springboard for global collaborations that delve into every nook and cranny of soul, funk, reggae, jazz, afrobeat, and quality music of all kinds. With outposts in Japan and Madrid, Color Red is excited to expand its platform into Australia with Black Bird Hum being the inaugural band in the network.

The band is releasing a music video in tandem with the digital 45 that will debut on Top Shelf Music on Thursday, January 20th. Watch the video here.

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