Bahamas, 1972, Caribbean folk music / psychedelic folk
Exuma – Snake: Gone is the Obeah Man and Baal and zombies walking in the daylight. Gone are the rituals and the flies and the fires. Instead we enjoy how Exuma uses his Caribbean music like a lens to focus on America, his emigrant home, singing about girls shaking their thing, about the subway, and NYC, and, of course, about Attica. One thing folk does well is call attention to injustice. This album is smoother and not nearly as freaky (or pagan) as Exuma’s early stuff, and that’s fine. It still resonates with all that Bahamas vibe, just a bit calmer.