SNARKY PUPPY: EMBOSSED | REVIEW

– THE MILITARY COUP –

In March of this year, the teeming and supremely talented collective that is Snarky Puppy released the excellent album Immigrance through the band’s own GroundUP Music label. It was a release that was greeted with much fanfare in the world of jazz – not least of all on this blog.

And unsurprisingly so, for this was an album that had absolutely had all the ‘filler’ trimmed right off it, leaving eight perfectly formed ‘killers’ for us to enjoy.

Well, it turns out it wasn’t just a bunch of the shite ideas that Michael League and his friends left on the cutting room floor. There were some absolute bangers that couldn’t even fit on the album too.

Bill Laurance’s Embossed was just such a track – one of three that the band has been slowly releasing as one-offs ever since.

The track sees the Puppies go all mystical as Indian and Middle Eastern influences come to the fore while strong top-notes of well-established collaborators Metropole Orkest become very apparent towards the end of the track.

All the while, the sense of darkness and foreboding that pervaded Immigrance weighs heavy upon it.

Embossed is a reaction to the social, political and environmental anxiety of the times” says pianist, Laurance. “It’s a musical call to arms, asking the listener to engage both as an individual and as a member of larger movements for change.”

Well, Bill, consider me engaged.

MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX

JULIEN CHANG: OF THE PAST
ROBERTO FONSECA: AGGUA
DAYMÉ AROCENA: PARA EL AMOR: CANTAR!
KEVIN HAYS & LIONEL LOUEKE: AZIZA

P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.

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– SV –