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Highbrow Northern Shenanigans,
This review is from: Gist Is (Audio CD)
Four blokes from Leeds doing arty stuff. It might be possible
to think this about Adult Jazz's debut album 'Gist Is' until one
digs down into it and find forgiveness for their willfully obscure
lyrical conceits and complex but tightly-structured arrangements.
Forgiveness, too, because when push comes to shove there's
something rather appealing about their hard-won musical vision.
Harry Burgess has an interesting voice; a tad wayward but
entirely at home within the walls of these nine impressive
compositions. It is at its sinuous best on tracks like opener
'Hum', where an introductory dirge evolves into something
more akin to a swampy but snappy Delta grind, shot through
with brassy synth decorations and quasi-Medieval vocal harmonies
and the rather lovely 'Pigeon Skulls' where his slightly effete
falsetto rings out beautifully in a limpid melody which I could
imagine Cassandra Wilson having fun with (think her 'Travelling
Miles' album, 1999). 'Spooks', at almost ten minutes long, somewhat
overstays its welcome and has a few too many ingredients thrown
into the pot to make a coherent stew but numbers like 'Be A Girl'
with its crisp staccato rhythm and the exotic tribal blues of 'Idiot
Mantra' more than make up for minor lapses in judgement and focus.
Comparisons with Wild Beasts are not unwarranted but Adult Jazz are well
on the way to finding a distinctive voice of their own in The Listening World.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2014 09:36:56 BDT
Russell J. Lawrence says:
Most instructive and thoughtful review Wolfy - and I only read it after listening - just love it to see your mental opinion ratified by someone who has knowledge of Dory Previn and Marissa Nadler - could I possibly also suggest Mazzy Star. Kind Regards, Russ - Brisbane.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2014 09:02:11 BDT
The Wolf says:
....Thanks for the tip!
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