Aspirationally named four-piece The Gypsy Scholars have busted out of our nation’s capitol with their third single 1960s, a glimpse into what we can expect from their forthcoming EP.
The track opens with some extraordinarily groovy big band noise, and could easily double as the opening number for a mid-1960s Broadway musical – all bold, brash and totally upbeat.
A jubilant spitting image of what made music from the 1960s so audacious, The Gypsy Scholars are redefining exultation on their latest single.
Like that old school, music lesson technique of rounds, every few stages sees another element thrown into the mix which completely evolves the song into something different. From the initially funky electro-guitar to the developing big brass sound which is built in almost immediately, each artefact within this tune is in glorious tandem.
A steady bass line accompanies some fast-moving vocals before we’re introduced to the keys and a bit of old school question-answer lyrical rounds between the two vocalists.
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The chorus is stupidly catchy, literally demanding you to put your “hands in the air, and dance with the gypsies”.
The latter part of the tune sees the upbeat, nostalgic throwbacks of the prior few verses slowed right down, the tempo stripped completely back, and the lyrics “Take me back, take me back, take me back” repeated against some sorrowful piano work, before being brought straight back to life, rounding out in true showtune fashion.
Despite the impressive instrumental and vocal elements of this song, it’s the thematics and the lyrics that really shine. 1960s is ultimately a celebration of the political and social changes of the decade, taking an in-depth look at the way peaceful and poignant organised campaigns can help move society towards positive change, a message I’m sure we can all agree is not only particularly relevant at the moment, but super comforting to boot.
The track perfectly pays tribute to the time period from which it takes its name. Totally groovy, it’s a great mix of brass, keys, low, husky vocals; a toe-tappers tune at it’s very best.
The Gypsy Scholars will be hitting the East Coast with a handful of tour dates across Canberra, Wollongong and Sydney throughout March before finishing up at the National Folk Festival in ACT.
Mar 3 – Phoenix Pub, Canberra
Mar 9 – Rad Bar, Wollongong
Mar 17 – Captain Cook Hotel, Sydney
April 13-17 – National Folk Festival, Canberra