Standing on the Corner: Praises from the Block
By: Shantel Pass
Published: December 6, 2018
Photo & Video: Alex Ashe
Brooklyn-based Standing On The Corner is more a super group than your average band. Led by Shamel Cee Mystery, the collective of friends and musicians compose sonic time capsules that embody the life of Kings County’s streets and the energy of Black and Brown people in cities everywhere.
In this bewitchingly agitated performance piece, effusive percussions – adorned with electronic warpings and feather-light bass swelling – dance with the gently inescapable persistence of brass. Standing On The Corner balms emotional blandness with a plenitude of tones and moods that finger comb the elements of each utterance whether vocal or instrumental. This isn’t just a performance for listening ears, but an expressive consensus of feeling hearts; a tuneful rapture for all of the polka dots navigating a world dominated by stripes.
Shamel Cee Mystery
Tomin Perea Chamblee