South Carolina’s reggae torchbearers The Movement plan to make an impact in 2018. The island-beach quartet dropped their new track “Siren” featuring Stick Figure last June, and have just released their newest track “Cool Me Down” – a song expected to be included on their forthcoming album due for release in the Spring.
It’s been two years now since the last album from The Movement, but guitarist/vocalist Joshua Swain told The Pier their sixth full-length album is slated to have 14-16 tracks and will thematically revolve around the meaning of life, including the frustrations, love, consciousness and beauty that comes along with it. The album was recorded out of White Star Studios in Louisa, VA, and Johnny Cosmic of Stick Figure produced and engineered the record.
To go along with the aesthetically pleasing cover art for the new single, “Cool Me Down” aesthetically pleases just the same for its listeners. Unwinding, echoing and tropical instrumentals kick this one off from the get-go before the trademark vocals from Swain enter the picture to steady the track with added horns and effects.
As for the direction and what fans can anticipate for the upcoming record, Swain shares: “I think the mark of a great band is keeping every record fresh and original. We want to take the themes, instrumentation, lyrics, and production of ‘Golden,’ and build upon it, hopefully creating something that is unique and indicative to this time in our lives.”
Josh continues: “As we grow as humans and musicians, the music changes. Our perceptions change and the way that we express that change is ultimately different with each new song. We want our fans to feel something, whether it is what WE are feeling, or whether it is the emotions that are revealed through their interpretation of the music.”
The Movement joined Iration in 2017 when they toured alongside Slightly Stoopid and J Boog for the “Sounds of the Summer Tour” – the reggae ensemble can be found once again supporting Iration for their “Heatseekers 2018 Tour” with added support from Tyrone’s Jacket.
Listen: The Movement – “Cool Me Down”