– THE QUIET RIOT –
I have vivid memories of waking up on the very first morning of living in the first house I ever bought. With no bed yet constructed, my wife and I had slept on a mattress on the living room floor and with no curtains on the windows, a warm late-Spring sun streamed into the room, rousing me early – though not unwelcomingly – from my slumber.
As I lay looking out of the French windows at the first small corner of the earth to belong to me, I listened to Talk Talk’s 1988 classic Spirit of Eden and drifted into a lazy daze of contented, pastoral calm.
And listening to Modern Nature’s Flourish, I’m transported right back to the idylls of my younger life.
The echoes of Mark Hollis’ signature sound are heard throughout, from the guitar chords that tease tension then relief, to the long languid passages where distant drums beat to their own idiosyncratic rhythms.
The saxophones here are a masterstroke and bandleader Jack Cooper’s vocals ‘rise from the earth’ just as his lyrics decree.
If you like this try my review of Living Room by Andy Shauf.
Flourish comes from the mini-album Annual which is out now through Bella Union.
MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX
ZARA MCFARLANE: FUTURE ECHOES
ARMAND HAMMER: CHARMS
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE: HOODED PROCESSION
JOSHUA REDMAN + BRAD MEHLDAU + BRIAN BLADE + CHRISTIAN McBRIDE: RIGHT BACK ROUND AGAIN
Remember, you can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the Future Jazz Playlist on Spotify itself.
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Until next time, love and noise.
– SV –