A musical odyssey in a VW Bus: Here's some reviews ...
"This is a PROPER Album like they used to make in the old days - old fashioned in a sense; but ONLY in the very best of ways. Brilliant songs, great lyrics, soaring harmonies, superb guitar playing, and a solid modern rock sound all make this an essential new music purchase. Highly recommended 10/10!" Plugged In Music Review.
"You don't need to drive a Campervan to enjoy this - but it helps!" Ultra VW Masgazine
5 stars - By J Simpson - The Equal Ground (below)
"Freedom On Four Wheels by Kludo White is a day in the life, or a life in a day, of a camper van expatriate. On this extraordinary 12 track record, Kludo White explores the many different emotions that come up on the average day of a van dweller.
The record fairly drips sweat and condensation, while you can practically see the heat mirage of melting asphalt, as the psychedelic heat haze of "Sunrise (Summertime Sunshine)" kicks in, with its lush pop vocal harmonies, that bring to mind The Beatles' "Rain", paired with the windmill chords of The Who, or modern practitioners Guided By Voices. While a lot of people are down on guitar rock, adopting a "been there/done that" stance on the matter, Kludo White skips across this issue with a little bit of synth ambiance, updating the sound, making it more futuristic. Like The Flaming Lips, but less annoying.
"On The Road Again" brings to mind classic power pop like The Eagles "Take It Easy", and Tom Petty radio hits. The fuzz guitar is sweet and lodges in the ear and is pleasing as it sticks around for a while. Bare bones drumming and strummed acoustic guitar add up to more than the sum of their parts, as this has an immortal air about it.
"Freedom On Four Wheels", the title track really conveys the sense of driving into the sunset, with its Western country waltz vibe, and really does grow on you after a short time.
"Camper Daddy Blues" details the troubles of harried husbands, trying to sneak away from their families for a couple of days to drink beer. Reminded me of Bowie's electric takes on BB King/Muddy Waters blues stomp.
Things pull another crazy musical genre U-Turn towards the right direction again for "Sunset (Hawaiian Hopena)", which conjurs up a nice warm tropical beach to warm your heels on and stay awhile. Sweet Hawaiian slack key guitar makes for a legitimate luau feeling, as sunshiny chimes and piano come in from time to time. No singing, here, just an atmospheric little ditty, to leave you feeling fine.
You don't have to live in a van, or any kind of vehicle for that matter, to find great things about Freedom On Four Wheels. Forget about obligations and responsibilities; just open it up, and drive towards the sun."
released October 8, 2014
All songs written by Kludo White.
All music played by Kludo White.
Recorded and Produced by Kludo White.
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