Gogol Bordello’s new release, Seekers and Finders, which came out at the very end of August, playful and eclectic, is their seventh in their oeuvre. Renowned gypsy punk outfit Gogol Bordello has this time round created a novel album that was written on three different continents, amplifying their multi-cultural sound.
Gogol Bordello is a nine-piece band that formed back in 1999 – an Eastern European aural party of violins, accordions, trumpet, marimba amongst the rock basic guitars, drum and bass. The band presently consists of Eugene Hütz (Vocals/Guitar), Sergey Ryabtsev (Violin), Thomas Gobena (Bass), Pedro Erazo-Segovia (Vocals/Percussion), Pasha Newmerzhitsky (Accordion), Boris Pelekh (Guitar), Alfredo Ortiz (Drums), Pamela Racine (Vocals/Percussion), and Vanessa Walters (Vocals/Percussion). Having worked with several big names of production including Rick Rubin, Steve Albini, Andrew Scheps, and Victor Van Vugt, this new album brings the band full circle with Eugene taking over the producer’s chair.
Listening to this album, the production values still seem in place, but there is a real mischievous feel to this record as a whole, like they are letting loose with this one. Saboteur Blues is a frenzied punk rocker that not only questions French philosopher René Descartes but practically tears him apart especially his ‘I think therefore I am’ philosophy.
Did It All, a ruckus party – opener, incendiary exchange of violin and accordion licks reminds us of Gogol Bordello’s sound, chaotic, turbulent. Featuring Regina Spektor, close friend of the band, the track sounds that tad breezier and before you know it, your feet are unable to stay static on the ground. Walking on the Burning Coal, a slightly more sedate song about walking the line, in true gypsy punk style it remains discordant and melodic simultaneously. The title track itself I find a little disappointing, Seekers and Finders with the somewhat corny lyrics, “seekers, finders, which one are you, which one am I?” There are definitely more interesting and listen-worthy songs on this album.
That bass on the intro of Familia Bonfireball seeps right through your bloodstream, but as the song develops it moulds into a classic Bordello track but with that seedy undertone, cinematic in style. If I Ever Get Home Before Dark with lyrics, “In between some kind of rights and wrongs, so much is said and nothing’s done” obscures what we expect from Gogol Bordello, a layered power ballad, that gradually builds. An eclectic album for Gogol Bordello, Seekers and Finders is not lacking its Steve Albini, as Hütz demonstrates that he has picked up some things over the years in the recording studio.
Seekers and Finders was released on 25th August via Cooking Vinyl.