Indigenous Ft. Mato Nanji: Indigenous Review

Indigenous’ website bio mentions that the self-described “family band,” started out in the garage of featured guitarist Mato Nanji. Releasing their self-titled album with Shrapnel Records, it’s clear they have come a long way since the release of their album “Things We Do,” in the late ’90s. This newest release is a true blues guitar romp, deeply underscored with soaring guitar solos and blues riffs.

Across the board, the biggest piece of note about Indigenous’s most recent offering is Nanji’s guitar, which is likely why he snagged a “featuring” mention despite having been a founding member of the band. Out of 13 tracks, not a one doesn’t rely heavily on his skilled playing. While Nanji’s vocals also come into play over a strong backing band, it’s all about the guitar on this album, and deservedly so. He brings an ease and demonstrates expertise so clearly that even ornamental licks draw the listener’s attention.

A track worth mentioning is the first song, “Free Yourself, Free Your Mind,” which features Jonny Lang. Opening with an impressive guitar solo, it’s true blues with Lang contributing his own piece of the blues pie next to Nanji.

The only downside is the trap in which many blues albums often fall: it gets repetitive. There is only so much one can do with a blues chord progression and as enjoyable as Nanji’s talent is, it gets spread thin over 13 tracks.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Free Yourself, Free Your Mind
– Wake Up
– When Tomorrow Comes

The Big Hit

– Free Yourself, Free Your Mind

Review by Sarah Richmond

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