Given that I’m indifferent to the little dub and reggae I’ve heard in my few years of toking, and given that I dig The Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon, it’s safe to assume that the L.A.-based Future Pigeon isn’t your typical eight-piece dub/punk band. Weirdo vocal samples and new-wave synths pass the duchy to ska horns, organ, melodica and a sinewy rhythm section, and the group’s de facto ninth member, “sound operator” Tom Chasteen, sends ambient robot noises flitting through the record’s blissed-out headspace — the record is equal parts 1976 Kingston and Planet X circa 2520. But tradition be damned: Any group that flips the bird to capitalism (a deep space cover of Horace Andy’s “Money Money”), hotboxes a sarcophagus (“Mummy Rock”) and references Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun” on the same album earns my ears through sheer variety. Guest spots from reggae legends Mikey Dread (who produced the Clash) and Ranking Joe lend a hit of dread cred, but even for those of us who don’t own a single Bob Marley album, The Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon is a cosmic dub rocket ride well worth taking.
Future Pigeon Web site (streaming audio)Record Collection Web site