Those turned off by the unbearable whiteness of being prevalent in so much straightforward singer/songwriter folk fare will be pleasantly surprised by the gentle jolt of funk that local tunesmith Brian MacMillan injects into his very Zen songs. Although Let The Darkness Go includes a healthy sampling of sweet, acoustic-strummed ballads, most of MacMillan's philosophical musings are driven by pulsating percussion, warm, syncopated bass lines and just-off-the-beat rhythms borrowed from reggae and dub. Don't be alarmed - this isn't culturally appropriative Ja-fakin' ickiness. Rather, MacMillan's incorporation of non-Western influences adds layers, lending interest and complexity to his rudimentary folk-pop ditties.
MacMillan launches his CD Wednesday (January 31) at Hugh's Room.