Farees Goes to Town on Border Patrol Album
Farees certainly had something (and a whole lot of something, at that) to say on his album Border Patrol. Dude took about 17 tracks to the neck, although one features Calexico on “Y’All Don’t Know What’s Going On”. There’s also a couple of intros on some of these tunes featuring the likes of Dimitri Skull Caraballo, Tezeta Abraham, and Samira Clady.
But it’s still 17 big ones, in an era in which it’s not uncommon for independent artists to drop eight and talk about their new album.
Then again, there’s also the length of these tracks that makes it perfectly apparent that Farees obviously had a lot on his noodle when he hit the lab to record this. He’s got an eight minute song. He’s got two seven minute songs. There’s about four or five five minute ditties, one of which is almost six minutes.
Again, you compare that to some of these pop artists or those in any genre that are routinely getting in and out of their numbers in a minute or two tops, and you get the point. He manages to throw in a couple of those as well—though some are skits—but he mostly takes his time on this Long Player.
A lot of the subject matter is lyrically dense, ranging from introspection “I’m A Demon” to social issues indicated by the collection’s title and others like “Independence”, “Take The Barricade Down” and “Weird Statistics”. Aside from the other aforementioned guests, he’s speaking his mind on all of these tracks, and there’s no telling what might pop out of it.
Oftentimes, it’s a stream of conscious style akin to spoken word in which his words rhyme, his cadence is far from a rapper’s, and he ranges over a plenitude of subjects. Other times he’s singing his heart out, with some nice melodies. Yet for the duration of this affair he’s backed by a solid musical cast that ensures no matter what he or his guests do in the vocal booth, it’s going to sound right.
Joey Burns is cranking things out on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and piano—not to mention background vocals. John Convertino’s on the drums and percussion, while there’s even a trumpeter (Jacob Valenzuela) in the midst of things. With such solid musicians and vocalists, it’s no wonder Farees compiled so much creativity on this project.