JAKOB BRO : UMA ELMO

LABEL: ECM ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: In collaboration with trumpeter Arve Henriksen and drummer Jorge Rossy, guitarist Jakob Bro builds freeform jazz improvisations with a strong instinct for melodic beauty. The sun is all. It bleaches colour. It flattens ambition to do anything but drift inside and beyond an afternoon half-sleep. It dries. It burns.Continue reading “JAKOB BRO : UMA ELMO”

ERLAND COOPER, SOPHIA JANSSON, KIRSI IHALAINEN : THE ISLAND 1961

LABEL: STUDIOORPHIR ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: The beauty of Tove Jansson’s 1961 essay ‘The Island’ is gently evoked through spoken word, field recordings and a Pärt-like distilled minimalist score. Tove Jansson, beloved author of the Moomin books, lived with her partner Tuulikki Pietilä for thirty summers on an austere island in the gulf of FinlandContinue reading “ERLAND COOPER, SOPHIA JANSSON, KIRSI IHALAINEN : THE ISLAND 1961”

STREAM TO THE RIVER #6 : AM/FM ALL THAT JAZZ

Time for a new playlist. This one is mostly inspired by the collective shiver that comes when a brand new great song gets played on the radio. I still believe in public service broadcasting.

HATENA : EMAIL

SELF RELEASED ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Y2K era inspired teenage vaporwave from Australia. ‘(email)’, the eponymous opening track on the third full collection from Hatena, begins with the a dial up internet connection tone. It’s kind of the perfect sound to encapsulate the tensions that make listening to vaporwave as a genre fun. On theContinue reading “HATENA : EMAIL”

SONS OF KEMET : BLACK TO THE FUTURE

LABEL : IMPULSE! ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Britain’s most prophetic jazz group grow in power and intensity as they draw on the source of Black power. It came as a surprise to me when I realised how political Boney M’s cover of The Melodians ‘Rivers of Babylon’ was. As a child, the song and itsContinue reading “SONS OF KEMET : BLACK TO THE FUTURE”