Boomkat Product Review:
Extra Golden is a collaborative project between not only two bands but two countries - Otieno Jagwasi and Onyango Wuod Omari of the Nairobi, Kenya based benga band Orchestra Extra Solar Africa, and Ian Eagleson and Alex Minoff of the Washington D.C. based rock bands Weird War and Golden. Eagleson had been documenting the 'benga' style of music (a guitar-heavy kind of dance music similar to Congolese rumba that has been popular in Kenya since the 1960s) for a doctoral research paper on Kenyan music and Jagwasi assisted him in doing this, before long they had started making music together - and the combination of their two acts created Extra Golden. As you can imagine the music too is a fusion of Kenyan benga and Western rock, but the emphasis is without a doubt leaning more towards the African side, with Jagwasi's powerful vocals taking the lead on each track. It is a resounding success and a very unusual move for post-rock stalwarts Thrill Jockey which you shpuld welcome with open arms.