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Those on the look-out for new sensations - jazz-wise or otherwise - will not be disappointed.
on 2 October 2014
In Each And Every One is the fifth studio album from London based jazz experimentalists Polar Bear, a group driven by drummer Seb Rochford. The band's last offering Peepers, was released in 2010 and met with great critical acclaim. Since then, Rochford has worked with a huge variety of artists including the likes of Brian Eno, Yoko Ono and Damon Albarn's Africa Express. It seems that this innovative artist has been soaking up influences left, right and centre, as there are certainly traces of the ambient, avant garde and African all present here on this extraordinary record. The album is without doubt the band's most boundary-pushing to date, and manoeuvres even further away from what most-of-the-modern-world would call jazz. In fact, it moves further into the realm of electronic adventurers, such as Burial, Four Tet, Flying Lotus and Daedalus, in its artistry and cutting-edge sound.
“Open See” is a track that would not be out of place on the Eno side of Bowie's Low, with its atmospheric sci-fi feel. Whereas, the cheeky sounding “Be Free” is an infectious little number, guaranteed to get you moving with its collage of beats, bass, sax and other intriguing, audible treats. “Chotpot” is in a similar vein, and offers components you would associate with alternative dance as much as jazz, in terms of pounding beat, bass sensation and chop-up production. The wonderfully titled stand-out track “They're all Ks and Qs Lucien”, is like some kind of odyssey - with different musical elements acting like passengers on the journey, hopping on and off at different unexpected moments, changing the mood and dynamic as they come and go. “WW” is tense and primal. “Lost in Death” Parts 1 and 2 between them provide everything from funeral-dirge vibes and ceremonial rhythms, to soaring outer-space reverberations, and flashes of cataclysmic exhilaration. “Maliana” is another epic, with gratifying dual melodies and afro-rhythms. “Life and Life” seems to nod to Strauss's 2001: A Space Odyssey theme. The ambient, electric waves of “Two Storms” and the subtle psychedelic wind-down of end track “Sometimes” conclude the album perfectly.
In Each And Every One is a kaleidoscopic exploit sure to woo fans of all genres - as long as you don't like your music either beige or tepid - in which case it's very likely that your head might explode. Those on the look-out for new sensations - jazz-wise or otherwise - will not be disappointed.
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