Calling all lovers of old-school funk and gritty neo-soul: pop-funk group Vulfpeck has released their newest album, The Beautiful Game. With members Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, Woody Goss, and Joe Dart, this band grooves so hard it’s sickening.
If the name Vulfpeck rings a bell, here’s why: in 2014, they received international media attention when they released a silent album on Spotify called Sleepify. Users were asked to stream the album as they slept. Although Spotify caught on and took it down, Vulfpeck still managed to raise $20,000 for a free tour.
Fans love Vulfpeck for their raw, tight rhythm section, and TBG does not disappoint. As usual, the album features a handful of guests, including talented guitarists Cory Wong and Adam Levy. Each artist throws in a distinct flavor to the different tracks, so there’s plenty of variety between each fun piece.
TBG kicks off with a muted but nonetheless impressive clarinet solo in “The Sweet Science”. It caught me a little off guard, but surprises (the good kind) are to be expected from such a quirky group. The beat picks up in the next track, “Animal Spirits”, introducing pop vibes with a catchy, foot-tapping melody. Joe Dart’s infallible bass line in “Dean Town” is a real highlight, but it’s also an exhibit of the talent and chemistry of the whole group. Other notable tracks include “Conscious Club” (full version) and “Daddy, He Got a Tesla”, the latter of which seems to stand in contrast to the rest of the album. All the same, Vulfpeck welcomes the experiment and still gives an excellent performance.
TBG is a great addition to Vulfpeck’s lineup, and it certainly compliments its predecessor, Thrill of the Arts. If you haven’t already, definitely give a listen to this wonderfully weird, gifted band.
You can stream TBG here, and below is the video for “Daddy, He Got a Tesla”.
Keep it fresh, keep it Vulf-y, and don’t get too funked up out there.