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