Those who have come to know The Motet as an Afro-centric band should be happy with the band's directional shift on its eponymous new album. While the African influences that gave the Boulder, Colorado, group its footing in the 1990s can still be heard, The Motet has morphed into a full-fledged classic-funk outfit.
"Our sound over the years has been partially defined by our lineup. At one point, we had at least three percussionists in the band. Now everyone who's involved is centered around playing funk music. That became the base from which we built [the new] songs," says founder and drummer Dave Watts.