In our first 'Eye On China' presented by our good friends at MOGO, we open with MOGO's new acoustic music scene presenting the band Red Orchestra. I have to tell you, I was not only pleasantly surprised, but actually stunned. When they say "don't judge a book by its cover", they must have had these guys in mind.
Taped on location at MOGO's studios, the video starts off with a sort of folk/rockabilly sound that included acoustic strumming, leading to a short but well performed solo by a lead electrical guitar reminiscent of Bill Haley, supported nicely by background guitars. It then transitions into an almost 70's funk band sound with a slap bass supported by the percussion section - faster, much jazzier, and just plain nice. Each band member performs a solo throughout the video, and none disappoint - particularly the dueling percussionists - a drummer and conga/bongo player who aptly utilized the "call and response" technique. "Solo" then went back to its original folk/rockabilly roots for a quick wrap up. The song is definitely a mix of genres - folk, funk, jazz and soul. No other words for it - they've got it right, the sound, the song, and most importantly, the soul.