Kindling catching fire
KINDLING is an awesome example of what Aussie music does best - take multiple styles and moods and blend them into something unique.
Led by singer and trumpeter Peter Hunt, along with bassist Tom Kinchliffe and guitarist Conan Griffiths, Kindling takes Peter's cruisy vocals and adds African, jazz and reggae influences with a light touch.
The result is a kind of funky folk music: enchanting, warm and intimate.
The bass lines are tight and fluid, with rhythm guitar providing background colour.
Trumpet takes up where vocals leave off, and introduce a jazzy feel to the effortless funk drumming.
The whole thing sounds dimly lit, with a hint of a hipshake, and Peter's vocals sound like they're being crooned softly right into your ear.
Kindling was born from prominent Afro-reggae outfit Kooii - members started jamming acoustic versions of the songs, and found a whole new vibe.
The smaller group allows for a more creative interpretation of reggae tunes delivered in more diverse and intimate settings.
The whole thing is soft and light and really, really groovy.
Combined with old world glamour of the Bellingen Memorial Hall, take a date to this gig on June 2 - because these tunes are a good-night guarantee.
For more info go to www.myspace.com/kooii.