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DISCOGRAPHY

Released 2016

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TOTEM

The 12 tracks on Totem, all originals, cover a lot of ground stylistically while never losing sight of the groove. Each song is steeped in The Motet’s signature style – a style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and diverse while considering the classic funk legacy from which each band member draws inspiration. Produced by Lettuce and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Totem was written democratically and collectively by the seven members of the band. The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in early 2016, fans the flames of this already hot band, and his soulful voice and rich lyrics are prevalent throughout Totem. “There was a month and a half between the time I joined the band and when we went into the studio,” explains Divinsky. “I wound up writing the lyrics and melodies to four songs, and re-wrote the lyrics to two. It gave me and the band an opportunity to really connect musically. We’re proud of the album, and it’s very exciting to have this new material to push out as we begin this next phase of The Motet’s journey.”

Easily one of best albums of the year, Totem is destined to be a classic….The songs are melodic and steeped in sweaty dance grooves that are extremely entertaining and well-crafted…Totem is a solid record from start to finish, and one of the most assured and accomplished releases of 2016” – Sound & Silence Magazine

 “Damn!” The Motet’s 2016 single from its album, Totem, uplifts you with its lyrical enthusiasm & Parliament style Funk. This is an irresistible groove, and perfect party song. – Funkish

Released 2014

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THE MOTET

The nine tracks on The Motet (released February 2014) seamlessly showcase an evolved, keenly refined musical vision of The Motet; a band committed to pushing the sonic envelope, while remaining dedicated to the musical traditions – funk, afrobeat, disco, jazz, and soul – that have long defined their sound. For this studio recording, each member of the band contributed to the writing and arranging of the album’s nine original songs.  Using traditional analog recording methods including tape, tubes and transistors, the music on The Motet offers all the crunch and bite of a classic 70’s funk record and is warm, rich, and organic in tone. But the music is fresh and forward – as much a glimpse into the future of funk music as it is homage to the past.

“These guys have no problem bringing it, as evidenced by the tunes on The Motet, which have an obvious anchor in the lush musical legacy of late-’70 sand early-’80s funk. There are brash horn lines, warm keyboard lines and guitar riffs thick with pedal effects. Add in vocals about throwing up handsand parties that never end, and you get a celebratory, vibrant feel throughout the entire album. What’s more, all of the sound contours on this record sound like they’ve been produced by analog amps, pedals and keyboards.”  –A.H. Goldstein / Westword    Read More

“This is a studio record worthy of the name; original tunes, utterly flawless production and not a throwaway in the bunch. Ambitious, air tight and built to travel.”  – Dave Kirby / Boulder Weekly   Read More

“The Motet’s eponymous album represents everything that is pure, organic, and blissful about the band’s music. The soundscape, while variegated throughout the nine pieces, never looses its common thread. Whether exploring soul-driven funk on its first offering, Like We Own It, or reggae brass trance on one of its best tracks, Rynodub, The Motet has fashioned analbum that will put sails underneath the listener’s feet while simultaneously generating the wind to propel them.” – Charles Sokolof / Grateful Web   Read More

“The album is just under an hour long, with 55 glorious minutes of Motet music that showcases their growth as individuals and as an unstoppable funk machine in the span of nine tracks.” – Susan Rice / Upstate Live   Read More

Released 2009

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DIG DEEP

A heavy-horned afrobeat influence countered with a textural blanket of electronica, this album showcases the talents and strengths of the cast of characters that drummer and producer Dave Watts has assembled. Keyboardist Joey Porter lays down the funk under the coursing melodies of saxophonist Dominic Lalli in pure Motet fashion, with the ever-driving beats of Watts’ masterful rhythmic production pushing the music through sonic peaks and valleys that tantalize and invigorate listeners. If you’ve loved The Motet for years or are just tuning in, listen up. You won’t be disappointed.

“Dig Deep pushes The Motet’s evolution further toward a more progressive, dance oriented sound, without sacrificing its roots in Afrobeat and Latin Funk. It’s a sound that will please fans both old and new.”  – Jambase

“The band’s live shows are known for being three hour long dance parties, so it’s not surprising that each track on Dig Deep can get a room full of people dancing within seconds.”  – Relix

Released 2006

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INSTRUMENTAL DISSENT

“Instrumental Dissent” reflects much of the band’s new, electronically textured explorations while still driving home hard hitting, percussive dance grooves. The album touches on many of the band’s influences, from afro-beat to salsa.

Released 2005

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LIVE

Americubafrican music. “Rootsy and steeped in African rythmns and groovalicious funk, The Motet’s music is sure to infect you.” –Michael Henningsen, The Alibi-Albuquerque

Released 2004

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MUSIC FOR LIFE

Their trademark blend of Afro-Beat, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Funk, and Jazz traditions explodes from this new release, throwing out genre inhibitions and defying categorization.

Released 2001

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PLAY

“Play” incorporates Cuban, Brazilian, and African music into their western electric sound.

Released 1999

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BREATHE

An eclectic set of musical styles ranging from the folkloric traditions of West Africa and Cuba to New Orleans funk, freeform improvisation, and even some chicken-pickin’ rockabilly.