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By Brady Smith
The grassroots Fort Collins-based reggae band Trichome breaks through in their debut album, Where Creation Now Grows. Like the name implies, this pot-induced, reggae-infused musical montage floods the senses with catchy riffs and meandering instrumentals that build throughout the album.
This band has made a name for themselves in their hometowns of Greeley and Fort Collins, and now, with the release of their album, the group is expanding its fan base from Northern Colorado to statewide recognition and beyond.
This album bears the signature of all the members of Trichome, well-known for their inventive live performances, but it begins with the all-too-familiar guitar chop, a trademark of reggae that carries through nearly the entire hour length of the album. Like baking with the same ingredients over and over, it may taste good, but eventually you hunger for something new.
If you’re a hardcore reggae fan the album will impress. If you want more, Trichome cleanses your pallet with “Rebel Stomp.” The song opens with an eerie wind and a sax weeping out alone, then punches into a solid melodic flow of guitar, percussion, and drums delivering a soulful message. “Them Fools” injects a playful, fast tempo beat into the body; it is guaranteed to get you movin’.
“Reggae Lives” finishes off the album with a boom. The ironic title belies the song’s fusion of reggae, electronic, and Edvard Grieg’s classic “Hall of the Mountain King.” This song hits hard and leaves us wanting to know where the music will grow next.