Today sees the release of Fire!‘s much anticipated eighth album, Testament, through Rune Grammofon. More stripped down than previous records, on the new album the Swedish supergroup of reeds player Mats Gustafsson, bass player Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin ditched flutes and electronics, it’s just them live in the studio recording on analogue tape with the help of Steve Albini. As the press release describes, “this album stands as a true testament to the group´s expressive power and glowing intimacy.”
For a taste of what Fire! have in store for us, listen to the opening track ‘Work Song For A Scattered Past’ below.
Y’Y, the much anticipated new album from virtuosic Brazilian pianist and composer Amaro Freitas is nearly out. Ahead of its release this Friday through Psychic Hotline, and after enticing us with the magnificent, wild and elevating lead single, ‘Encantados’, Freitas has unveiled the title track. A duo track featuring Shabaka Hutchings on flute, ‘Y’Y’, and as the press release describes, “is inspired by Freitas’ enchantment at the beauty of the meeting of the Solimões and Negro rivers, where he felt that this record would be in reverence to the waters and forests.”
Utterly delicate and serene, ‘Y’Y’ takes us to a place of absolute peacefulness. Listen to it below.
Gifted bassoonist and composer Joy Guidry has announced the follow up to last years’s Radical Acceptance. Entitled AMEN, their upcoming album will see the light of day on May 10th through Whited Sepulchre Records. “I wanted to give a voice and give power and provide community to the people I love and truly care for on this record by tackling songs and challenging myself,” Guidry said. “I knew I got the right people, the right community to drive it home, to take my ideas and really bring it together.” They continue:
“In AMEN there is a lot experimentation with different forms of Black American music. I wanted to lean heavily on my Texas, Louisiana and Creole roots in this project. There were many days spent with my ancestors during the writing of this album and I’m eternally grateful for the music they sang to me during our time together. I’m excited for y’all to hear this project that experiments with gospel, jazz, ambient and the blues on May 10th.”
Alongside the album news, Guidry has shared the first single ‘Members Don’t Get Weary’, a poignant tribute to jazz luminaire Max Roach, celebrating his centennial birthday. Soul-stirring and soul-soothing, ‘Members Don’t Get Weary’ is after your ears.
Prolific and virtuoso drummer Jim White is treating us to his debut solo album next month. His 30-plus year career spans bands like Dirty Three, Venom P. Stinger, Xylouris White and Springtime and White has also performed and recorded with a ton of other artists and bands like Marisa Anderson, Jessica Moss, Daniel Blumberg, PJ Harvey, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Cat Power, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Nina Nastasia, and Bill Callahan, to name but a few. His footprint in the music world is humongous but as a solo artist, White is now releasing his debut album under his own name.
Entitled All Hits: Memories, the records arrives on March 29th through Drag City. After sharing lead single ‘Names Make the Name’, White has unveiled a new single from the album called ‘Marketplace”. Speaking about the track, he comments:
“‘Marketplace’ emulates the sound and energy of the Saturday morning Victoria Market in North Melbourne. All kinds of people, boxes, trucks, yelling, chickens, fish, vegetables, bakers, donuts, and musicking, flowing through all the other markets.”
‘Marketplace’ has been paired with a video made by Anna White, and you can watch it below.
Today sees the release of Laetitia Sadier‘s new album, Rooting for Love, through Duophonic Super 45s and Drag City. Her first solo album in seven years, on Rooting for Love she “continues her journey of the self through time, space and collective consciousness”, as the album’s accompanying blurb describes.
Following ‘Une Autre Attente’ and ‘Panser L’inacceptable’, ‘Who + What’ is the latest single to emerge from the album, and is intended as “transformational sonic balm to aid the evolution of Earth’s traumatized civilizations”. Take a listen below.
Drummer, composer and vocalist Momoko Gill and visual artist, filmmaker and poet Nadeem Din-Gabisi have both been an integral and highly respected part of the London’s thriving jazz and hip-hop scenes. The pair have teamed up for a new project called An Alien Called Harmony and a self-titled EP is the first fruit of this collaboration. Their debut EP, as the press release describes, “holds a mirror up to the realities of mortality and conflict, forging a hybrid sound defined by sonic playfulness, spontaneous improvisation and just a little philosophical questioning”.
The EP arrives on March 15th through New Soil x Total Refreshment Centre and for a taste of what’s to come, the pair have shared the bewitching ‘Ruminations’ as the first single. In their own words, the track is “a lush, airy fever dream, reflecting on the gap between what we intend to communicate and how it is received”. The single comes with a visualiser and you can watch below.