Formed in Norwich in 2012, instrumental trio Mammal Hands caught our attention in 2018 when they played a mesmerizing live show at London’s Field Day. Brothers Nick and Jordan Smart and Jesse Barrett tantalise the senses with their contemporary jazz compositions, flirting with a lot of genres from electronica and classical to folk, ambient and world music and cite influences such as Pharoah Sanders, Gétachèw Mekurya, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Sirishkumar Manji. The trio have announced the release of their fourth album, Captured Spirits, touching on themes of existence and displacement. Jesse commented on the making of the album:
“I think with this record, there was a strong and renewed sense of collective enjoyment and appreciation for the process and each other’s contributions. After a long period of touring and a slow build up to the actual recording sessions we were able to mull over ideas for long periods, build on lessons from the past and pull our playing connection to an even deeper place. Realising each other’s visions for the whole and clearly understanding how they intersect”.
We´ll have to wait until September 11th for Captured Spirits to be out through Gondwana Records but we can already hear the magnificent first single ‘Chaser’. Here it is.