Polyrhythmics & Joel Ricci Reissue “I Believe in Love”
In 2015, Polyrhythmics and Joel Ricci collaborated on a single that felt extremely important at the moment, “I Believe in Love.” It was pressed to limited-edition hand-numbered 45 RPM vinyl on Ricci’s own independent Westsound label. Their continued commitment to the song and its message prompted them to reissue the track on Color Red Music, the label from Denver which issued recent Polyrhythmic EP Fondue Party and album Man from the Future.
From Joel Ricci, who performs as Lucky Brown:
In 2015, there was a particular sense of urgency to make and release this message to the world when brutal authoritarian forces that sought to divide people using the age-old tactics of lies, hate, fear, bigotry, racism, and misogyny sought to take and consolidate power without regard for the fellow inhabitants of planet earth. The song is a call to those who Believe in Love to shout it out, scream it out, sing it out, and then set that sentiment into action.
The lyrics are extremely elementary, Everything in this song is hanging from the words “I BELIEVE IN LOVE” with the first ‘verse’ being constructed almost entirely of a well-worn aphorism and the second verse being a chance for me to state my position that this material world is actually an illusion, made manifest to us through our physical senses which are, themselves, made up of the very same illusory substance. But without being too heavy-handed about it, the words of the second verse leave a lot up to the interpretation of the listener.
Musicians for this track are: Joel A. Ricci, vocals, tambourine; Ben Bloom, electric guitar; Grant Schroff, drums; Nathan Spicer, keyboards; Jason Gray, bass guitar; Scott Morning, trumpet; Art Brown, saxophone; Elijah Clark, trombone; and Lalo Bello, percussion. Ricci and Gray produced the recording; Gray did the tracking at Studio Aleth and the mixing at Blue Mallard Recording. Doug Krebs was the engineer at Doug Krebs Mastering.
This powerful song jumpstarts with a wallop and never, ever lets up; neither does the message. This funk is deeper than deep, with everybody locked in on the one. First kudos to Gray, Schroff, and Bello for keeping the band focused on the groove. Spicer makes his keyboard dance from clavinet to electric piano, and the horns punctuate the entire track with funk magic. Bloom and Spicer have a nice romp during the break. On top of all of that, add Ricci’s spot-on vocals. He is an emotive singer with a fine voice that delivers the message perfectly.