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Labeling aside, the band coalesced into a distinct sound over the years, with each member providing an element of his or her own…. That is the mentality which makes The Sounds so accessible, even to those who normally won’t bother listening to reggae or jam music. Their live shows are legendary, with live art, stilt-walkers, hula-hoopers and fire-spinners complementing the trippy tunes.
Visions of Love & Light delivers a fresh punch of all the things that bands have already fallen in love with about The Underwater Sounds. The album exhibits hypnotic grooves, layers of sounds, crazy time signatures, and a transcendent blend of reggae, funk, and jazz with their signature psychedelic touch. Sonni proves, once again, that she is truly one of Philly’s great natural resources. This album really shows off their chops and showcases how tapped in they are as a band. “Rawness” and precision represent the hallmark of Visions of Love & Light Pt 1 musically…. My review of Visions of Love & Light can be summed up in two words—totally righteous.
The Underwater Sounds have catchy vocals and well thought out lyrics while still having jammed out instrumental sequences and laid back, reagaee sound. This group kept the crowd dancing for their set and truly showed this festival that they were the headliners.
Touring, playing as much as possible, and never giving up their individuality, Sonni Shine and the boys have made a full-length album that really sounds like their musical mission. It’s sincere, honest, and well-thought out. They may be from the City of Brotherly Love, but they chose the sound of Universal Love, and that’s righteous.
This band really showed that they have the potential to be big as they managed to successfully incorporate elements of jam, funk, reggae, soul, R&B, and jazz at times.