Funky, jazzy, tribal, swampy. While it's difficult to hang a tag on the Motet, one thing is clear: The band is enthusiastic. Recorded during a 2002 spring tour, Live
begins the same way many of the Motet's shows kick off, with wow drums and a percussion jam that would feel right at home in the belly of the Dark Continent. Talented skinsman Dave Watts (perhaps better known from his rhythm work with the Theory of Everything) drives the Motet, swatting the eclectic act through 75 minutes of fusion-like forays into multiple musical styles. From Afro-pop keyboard (check out "Sandunga") to blues- and funk-inspired guitar work, the Motet strips its music to rudimentary forms and builds it back up again, serving up everything from New Orleans-style blues to authentic-sounding African vocals and Latin rhythms.
One might wonder if the Motet even knows what it is. The music generally provides a powerful tonic against such scrutiny, however. While the band's personality is split between drum circle and jam band, these personas co-exist like Jekyll and Hyde on three cups of good Kenyan blend.