Jinja Safari - Locked By Land (2011 LP)

Jinja Safari

Jinja Safari have really gone from strength to strength over the past two years. Having supported Miami Horror for their first public show, touring nationally with Art vs. Science, winning the triple j Unearthed competition to perform at Splendour in the Grass 2010, and getting airplay over in the UK, they’ve been on a rollercoaster ride since their inception.

Their debut album Locked By Land is a consistent opus full of rolling drums, tinkling glockenspiel melodies, and light-stepping sitar textures. Considering founding duo Marcus Azon and Cameron Knight met at a beach party, it’s unsurprising that their work embodies a free-spirited atmosphere. Dreamy, tropical melodies float around the primal rhythms, filling the songs with a sense of carefree urgency and energy. It would be an understatement to say that their music encourages dancing – it’s simply compulsory.

It's not all smooth sailing though, as Locked By Land does drag. Clocking in at around 50 minutes long, it feels almost too drawn out for a pop album. Best in short, sugary, joyful bursts, the band have created something energetic and lively. What they do, they do well – it’s just that after half an hour or so, it ceases to stand out and grab your attention.

Jinja Safari have developed an interesting album, and it fits right into a niche that will serve them well, but in order to really shine, they’re going to have to mix things up a little bit in the future. The potential is there and with some more exploration, they’ll really hit the nail on the head.

Review Score: 6/10