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Extra Golden Thank You Very Quickly Vol. 3

Between visa issues and post-election violence in Kenya during the past year or so, the members of Extra Golden have plenty reason to be frustrated, not grateful. And yet this, their third album, reflects the latter, not the former. The band recorded the basic tracks in a day, in the hallway/laundry room of guitarist Ian Eagleson’s parents’ house, with great results. These six tightly crafted songs continue melding both American rock and Kenyan benga, as English and Luo come and go, Afro-pop beats underscore psychedelic flourishes, and the joyfulness does, indeed, sound like gratitude. Maybe Eagleson’s folks should turn that hallway into a studio?

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