P-E-N-T-A-T-E-U-C-H, Pentateuch. Try to spell this band name quick. I have, and I wasn’t too successful. Fortunately though, Pentateuch’s music is easier to get acquainted with.
This hard-spelled band has taken their name from the first five books of the Old Testament and is one of the latest additions in the recent Jamaican band craze fueled by veterans such as Dubtonic Kru.
They formed in 2009 at the legendary Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston and their debut single Black Face led to a collaboration with producer Paul “Computer Paul” Blake, who has helmed production on their debut album The Genesis, which also happens to be the name of the first book in the Old Testament.
This 14 track set with a distinct 70’s UK feel to it features mostly roots reggae with lyrics dealing with familiar themes such as emancipation, equality and repatriation.
But it also boasts smooth lovers cuts like Changed Girl and the acoustic Unwritten. Most surprising is however the closing tune Nothing But Love, a track with a clear 80’s soul vibe with its pulsating bass lines, pounding drums, rock guitar and a memorable keyboard hook.
Kevor Williams’ fragile and gentle singing is at its best in the up-tempo tunes, especially the Bunny Wailer cover Armagideon and Kingston, which is very similar to early Black Uhuru with its haunting backing vocals.
The Genesis bodes well for future releases and shows that there is still an interest for Jamaican bands and live recorded music.