jefff Fans the Flames on New Single “The Fire”
“The Fire”, the most recently released single from jefff, is one of those laid back, anything can happen odes to flames, lighting things, and basking within the gathering dust of moonbeams in the meantime. It’s also a cogent testament to the artist’s ability to play music with an affinity that simply can’t be denied.
As you can imagine, that means he’s working with a full five piece band to bring the melodies and rhythms to light, as it were, on this one. Hiram Garzaro’s drumming is exceptional and one of the many highlights on this tune. His transitions are effective and the mix on the snare (masterminded by Ian Shaw) delivers the right amount of pocket to nod to.
Ric Robertson gets an honorable mention on the keys for floating a vibrating, angular organ sound for some of the cut’s most significant moments. His playing is responsible for the roots reggae appeal of the opus, as are the guitar efforts of jefff on the acoustic variety and Dave Hammer on the side guitar—one of whom, it sounds like, is pounding out the time-honored reggae chords. Wayne Hammond, meanwhile, keeps everything together on the bass.
jefff minds the vocals alongside his string fondling on this one, and is also credited as the songwriter. The tune has definite Ska overtones as well, with the singer affecting an island accent on some of his notes. It’s difficult to listen to the instrumental introduction and not hear shades of Prince’s “Blue Light”, which uses many of the same instruments and a similar sounding melody.
However, jefff makes the song unmistakably his own with his big-voiced vocals, particularly in the final minute and change of the offering. The chorus is another one of the high points and he really crunks things up in the final third of this number vocally, suggestive of the fact that with the fire raging (or simmering, possibly) anything can happen.
In fact, it’s this sense of the unknown, that any and everything is within one’s reach, that really fuels this effort—again, particularly on the hook. It’s proof the musician’s got something on his hands with this one, which you’ve got to hear for yourself to believe.