Listening to AABARAKI is like taking a late night subway ride deep into the heart of Brooklyn (with some friends you just met, headed to a party in some abandoned building). Everything is coming at you fast and furious, but with a depth and underlying meaning that might take hours or days to truly understand.
With an “alt-soul” sound described as “Gnarls Barkley meets The Black Keys,” the four-piece band consists of guitarist Brian Forbes, vocalist/keyboardist Akie Bermiss, drummer Attis Clopton, and bassist Ari Folman-Cohen. “Akie’s voice is the guide and conscience,” says Brian, who is also the band’s founder. “His soulful intellect and passionate fire lead you on an evolving journey and you’re never sure exactly where you’ll wind up. ” The band follows suit with electrifying guitar and production; deep, throbbing bass lines and a “constant pocket” on the drums that keep heads nodding. The result is a slow burn that spontaneously erupts into a full-on frenzy.
AABARAKI released their first self-titled EP in 2011 strongly announcing their presence on the Brooklyn indie soul scene. In 2013 a full-length album of a blistering live performance capturing the explosive energy of an Aabaraki live show was released. The music on the album was embracing the creative fusion of rock, funk and soul, that was compared to the acts like Frank Ocean and The Weekend.
Late 2016 AABARAKI is releasing the first single from their new long-awaited album coming out in 2017.