– GUERRILLA WARFARE –
Are freakshakes still a thing?
Do you remember what I’m talking about? They enjoyed a brief period of fame around 2016/17 and were, essentially, a coronary served up in an ice cream vessel.
Famous for making Ben and Jerrys’ approach to ingredient inventory look practically stingy, these things combined ice cream, cream, chocolate, sweets, sauce and just about anything else you could imagine (one Yorkshire restaurant were even rumoured to have thrown pulled pork and cheese into the mix… they always have to take things too far, those lot).
The bottom line is, they were chock-full of all the stuff you love. And because of that, you couldn’t stand to eat more than half of them.
Well, so often when I hear a description of the type of music played by Berlin-based saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and his mates (producer/bassist Petter Eldh, keyboardist Dan Nicholls, Tilo Weber on drums and Swedish jazz greats Jonas Kullhammar and Per “Texas” Johansson) I worry I’m in for another Freakshake. So full of all my favourite ingredients that, after a while, I’ll vomit zany time-signatures.
But, actually, Tremendoce manages to keep its crazy just about in check enough to make it an immensely enjoyable listen.
One minute a funk groove, the next a glitchtronica psych-out, before dropping in the occasional choral moment and odd bit of wobble bass, I can’t guarantee that trying to work it all out won’t give you as much of a heart-attack as attempting to finish a freakshake, but you’ll enjoy trying an awful lot more.
If you like this try my review of Moth by Cassowary.
New album Y-OTIS 2 is due out on the 24th July via We Jazz.
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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 –