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The Windmills Project: Shanti Town
Reviewed by Urbanfairy on 2 Apr 2015
‘Shanti Town’ is a single by the rock opera group The Windmills Project that questions violence and equality around the world. The track has an electro dub reggae style to it, very much inspired by the likes of Bob Marley who himself was driven by politics with much of his writing. They ask “what’s going on” with the current state dreaming of a past time that was more peaceful and where people would work together as opposed to fight each other. It later shows acceptance of what’s happening stating that it’s what’s happening everywhere and not just around them.

The track has a classic dub reggae feel throughout most of it, relying heavily on the back beat and a swamping bass. The off-beat guitars help create a laid back, jamming kind of feel to it, mixed with heavily delayed guitar licks and snare hits, the song fits perfectly into this style and is the perfect setting for their message. The addition of the distant trumpet line gives it an added melancholic feel to compliment the vocal melody which works fantastically with the song. The mood shifts when it talks of a better time, suddenly getting a punky, up tempo feel, enforcing the juxtaposition to their ideal and what is actually happening. The bass is much clearer in this section and the rhythm develops this driving energy which pushes the beat of the song, we are only graced with this change for a brief moment, as the mood drops back to the reggae tone and back to the reality that they live in. The song seems to fit perfectly with the lyrics, showing the struggle they have against the society they seek to change.

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Artist: The Windmills Project
Label: Independent
Release Date: 6 May 2015
Genre: Rock
Type: Album

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