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Pama International

Pama International: Float Like a ButterflyFloat Like a Butterfly (2005)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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Grooves are the name of the game for Pama International. With cover art adorned by multi-colored butterflies, and two very stoned-looking men, I wasn't sure just what this disc was going to hold. Hippie jam band rock? Recorded bongo drum circles? Not that far from, really. Float Like a Butterfly is .
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Grooves are the name of the game for Pama International. With cover art adorned by multi-colored butterflies, and two very stoned-looking men, I wasn't sure just what this disc was going to hold. Hippie jam band rock? Recorded bongo drum circles? Not that far from, really. Float Like a Butterfly is an album full of solid traditional ska and dub tunes that just make you feel good. Boasting members of the Specials and Mad-ness, this new project on Asian Man records does nothing but deliver.

The mellow vibes and thick grooves start immediately after the play button is first pressed. The album's title track does a good job of establishing what the album is about from a very early point. Using the same variety of instrumentation you'd expect for a ska record with roots in soul, dub, and rocksteady, the seven-member band relaxes you immediately with their carefree jams. The low, mellow sounds of the bass, the vibrant keyboards, and the soulful saxophone work are all just as prominent as the band's lead vocals, and things are better off because of it. That title track is one of the more upbeat, danceable tracks, but it also maintains some of those same smooth grooves that will permeate your speakers at various other points on the album.

The most important element on this album is flow, and it's handled with caution and expertise.

Things don't really get that smooth soul feel until the aptly named "Soul & Inspiration," where the vocals of Finny and the horn work of Simon Wilcox and Lee Thompson guide the song through every deep groove. "Burn My House Down (To Build Another)" follows that song up with one of the most feel good-jams on the entire album. You can't help but sway to the beat and really feel the soul of it all, and that's just how a track like that should sound. The band does return to the more upbeat ska, and transitions back to the much more mellow rocksteady without any sort of problem. Again, it flows effortlessly, and things just get better and better as the album picks up momentum. "Get Up" has an almost whimsical Caribbean feel to it, and the vocals are just spot on. Every note, every change in inflection, it all sounds absolutely perfect, with the only drawback being that some of the beats do feel a bit repetitious after repeated listens.

Be it traditional ska, dub, or rocksteady, there's a lot to feel good about here, and a lot to groove on. Twelve tracks, each with their own identity and their own great sound, you can't help but feel the island flavor.

 

 
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pasha (December 31, 2005)

really a good cd. But the ones before were better.

Anonymous (December 30, 2005)

same vibe... check out www.bedouinsoundclash. they are brillant reggae trio from toronto.

Anonymous (December 28, 2005)

The B Lee ep was pretty good. The guitar on the second last track sounded great, but the first song kinda dragged. Worth the money though.

jamespastepunk (December 28, 2005)

Has ANYONE heard the Bruce Lee Band EP? It's great.

psychoos231 (December 27, 2005)

Hellcat did "grab" the Aggrolites, new record next year

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

So i finally found that aggrolites album everyone loved earlier this year. It's pretty good, but whatever happened to that band? Wasn't Hellcat gonna grab them?

This is alright, some problems though.

jamalxbearings (December 27, 2005)

Can asian man do no wrong? I think not.

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

the bald guy looks like the bassist from alkaline trio in that picture.

Fuzzy (December 27, 2005)

Anchors, you really impress me with your ability to review almost anything.

Good job, this is a great review.

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

one step beyond...the greatest song ever! i'll buy this for the pure fact i love madness

MrStabone (December 27, 2005)

this is a fucking great album

easily the best ska release of the year as far as i am concerned

for fans of good two tone inspired ska, you really should pick this up

they are relatively unknown in the US, but believe me, this is a good record

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

not bad, considering most of the stuff that is reviewed here its brilliant, but in the real world, its not great but also not bad

psychoos231 (December 27, 2005)

Best track off the album is "The Future Ain't What It Used To Be"

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