Gabe Stout and Janak JP, who make up Honey Oat, released their eponymous debut album last week. An album of ebulient and exciting compositions in the realms of jazz and funk, it “renders time wavering and unpredictable”, as the press release describes. “The music sits still as much as it departs in oneiric spirals. Against the current of social media and its loops of endless replayability, Honey Oat’s music sits with hyperlocal remembrance, spontaneity.”
For a taster of the record, take a listen to their lead single ‘A Stranger Spring’.
Following the marvellous single ‘Silhouette’, Daniel O’Sullivan has shared a new cut from his upcoming album Folly. The track is called ‘Under The Knife’ and O’Sullivan had this to say about it:
“Partly inspired by a biography of Michelangelo, partly about my son’s birth, ‘Under The Knife’ is about the violence of transformation. Just as much about texture as it is melody, each instrument was recorded one by one and I kept thinking ‘could a song feel like marble?’ Something to do with weight and density maybe, but at the same time trying to convey the lines and contours of a human hand.”
‘Under The Knife’ comes with an accompanying video by Daisy Dickinson and you can watch it below.
Cykada, who are one of the many bands making their mark in London’s vibrant jazz scene, are set to release their eponymous debut album later this week. Marrying a multitude of influences with raw grooves and electronics, as the press release describes, their upcoming album “engages distant poles, analogue worlds crashing with electronics, eastern influences crossing with western, harmonising nostalgic moments with dancefloor bangers.”
The collective had previously shared ‘Dimension Stepper’ and now they have shared the album’s opener ‘Creation’. Listen to both below and grab the album when it drops on Friday through Astigmatic Records.
May 3rd will see the release of A State of Flow, the new album from Bristolian electronic jazz outfit Ishmael Ensemble, led by producer and saxophonist Pete Cunningham. Composed within the idiom of Jazz, as the press release describes, the album “stir[s] ambient invocations, club-ready percussive workouts, spiralling grooves, hazy psychedelic electronica and Japanese lyrics.”
Exhibiting a sense of hometown pride, State of Flow features contributions from fellow Bristol-based guests, including vocalists Holysseus Fly and Yama Warashi, as well as trumpet player and composer Yazz Ahmed.
Ahead of the album’s release through Severn Songs Records, Ishmael Ensemble have shared the first single ‘Lapwing’, a track that “evokes walking into a smoky afterhours haunt and finding a session in full, forward motion.” Stream it below.
Following 2017’s ARDOR, Montreal trio BIG|BRAVE are set to release their fourth full-lenght album, A Gaze Among Them, on May 10th through Southern Lord. Continuing an approach to music based on the key principles of space, volume, and raw emotion, in the realms of experimental rock, the majestic, fierce and poignant sentiments that originate from their compositions, continue to prevail on the new record. “How do we take very little and make something bigger than what we actually have?”, asked vocalist and guitarist Robin Wattie. She explains:
“The biggest challenge was to not do what is easiest. i.e. what we knew worked for the last albums or what is, for us, easy to write. With A Gaze Among Them, Mathieu and I put ourselves through the ringer – I did not want to do what seemed to me to be a ‘logical next step’ in what we could do musically. I wanted to go back to our original concepts and work from there – space, tension, minimalism and voice (finding melody and musicality in pieces that consist of one note for longer than ten minutes, for example) were the primary concentrations I wanted to push.”
A Gaze Among Them also features contributions from Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion) guesting on doublebass and Seth Manchester on synth overdubs.
The first taste from BIG|BRAVE’s upcoming album comes in the shape of a celestial teaser. Check it out below.
There’s a new album on the way from extraordinary percussionist and composer Qasim Naqvi, who first conquered our ears as one-third of longtime favourite avant-jazz band Dawn Of Midi. Entitled Teenages, the forthcoming album marks his first non-soundtrack release, following an array of compositional work for film, dance, theatre, chamber ensembles, and much more. Naqvi explains:
“My past releases like Chronology, Preamble, Fjoloy, and Film were made to accompany visual mediums. The music was always written to enhance another form. Teenages is the first album with its own motivating force. It’s a live multi movement work that I recorded for myself.”
Teenages was brought to life using an analog modular synthesizer built by himself over the course of two years. He had this to say about it:
“I’ve always been drawn to the power of un-amplified acoustic music. And for me modular synthesizers are a natural progression forward from the acoustic realm into the electric. It feels like an orchestra comprised of very unusual instruments, and their orchestration and vibrational properties lie in the patching and flow of voltages through a system. They’re also unstable and they rarely play the same thing twice in any exact way. It’s almost organic and human. It was really important for this album to capture that kind of uninterrupted behavior.
Even though this is ‘electronic music,’ I didn’t want to rely heavily on a computer with an array of plugins, loops and samples, or exhaustive editing as part of the writing process. I wanted to treat this work like a live piece of music and have the natural behaviour of the machine shine through and sound huge, like an orchestra of electrical signals.”
We’ll have to wait until May 3rd for Teenages to drop through Erased Tapes, but we can already hear a magnificent first cut from it called ‘No Tongue’. Take a listen now.