Kalu & The Electric Joint release new single and video


from Austin Kalu and the Electric Joint are back with a stellar new single “Garden of Eden”, which is out now. The track will be accompanied by a stunning new music video [https://youtu.be/tefQt2Eb9DQ] directed, shot and edited by Barbara FG. “Garden of Eden” is the latest in a series of singles the band have released during the pandemic and is part of a larger work they’ve been working on since 2019. Kalu shares the inspiration, “”Garden of Eden” centers around the struggles to stay open and vulnerable in relationships, partnerships, and life without letting past experiences negatively dictate the future, often robbing us of the gift of the present, which is now. https://ffm.to/y1on1ne.OIS.

Kalu and the Electric Joint blend the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving rhythm of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa. Born in Nigeria, Kalu first moved to New York at the age of 18 before moving to Austin, Texas where he and JT Holt (guitarist, producer/engineer) have assembled a stellar ensemble of players who power and gracefully follow its deep well of eclectic influences. . This musical chemistry comes from the bond forged between frontman Kalu James and guitarist Jonathan “JT” Holt, which adds a touch of American soul to Kalu’s West African heritage.

Their debut album Time Undone (Spaceflight Records) featured what Billboard called a “mix [of] West African and American funk brands with a bluesy grain and psychedelic vibe, as well as a chin-out attitude. Continued critical praise came from NPR’s All Things Considered, American Songwriter, KUTX, Austin Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, Texas Monthly and more, cementing their place on the music scene!

Other poignant singles recently released include 2021’s “Downfall,” an offering channeling the late Martin Luther King, and an eerie (once recorded) foreshadowing of what was to come less than a year later with the BLM movement. And 2020’s “Shadows” and “Mirror” deliver a positive yet uplifting narrative in these turbulent times, edifying their listeners and compelling them to speak up.

These singles are just a taste of what’s to come from KEJ’s upcoming feature film. After two years of tough touring behind the band’s first release, KEJ went through some rhythm section personnel transitions. That hasn’t stopped them from recording new music and in March 2019 they worked with Dallas producer Jason Burt, who has collaborated with Leon Bridges, John Mayer and worked with Texas Gentlemen, Paul Cauthen, SirWoman and David Ramírez. This session would be the direction of the new record. Kalu explains, “We had become our own rhythm section with the abilities that Burt was armed with using synthetic drums/synths/keys. JT Holt plays acoustic drums, guitars, lap steel and the two swap bass duties. We continued to work on the album throughout the pandemic and as the record progressed through production, Robb Kidd and Johnny Radelat intersected on acoustic drums on 3 songs.

Live, Kalu & The Electric Joint put on captivating and invigorating shows that have secured sets at Bonnaroo, Panic En La Playa, 420 Sweet Water Music Fest and openings for artists like Questlove, George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, Moon Taxi among so many others.

Kalu concludes, “With all the craziness around us, the incessant questions and pointing fingers, we turn them inward to figure out how to help. For us, it’s about continuing to make music we want to hear, with everyday themes that hopefully connect and inspire others to embrace with a reminder that there is place for all of us here on Earth. We can feed this “Garden of Eden” or be the villain.

Tour dates:
08/07 @ The Continental Club – Houston, TX [LINK]
07/22 @ The 04 Center (Acoustic Ensemble) – Austin, TX [LINK]


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