The Germany based jazz-fusion project Maxhaseyes released the LP Heavy Headed on the 21st.
It may come as a moment of double take to those of longer stay that an introduction opened with ‘jazz’ anywhere near the genre description, as you will be aware of my issues with the style, yet music is all about opening our minds and finding the right moment to be doing that – it just so happens that Max Schnupp – originally from Oxford (England) and now based in Berlin (Germany) hit that sweet spot – and I assure you it is time well spent.
There is an algorithmic curvature to the otherwise angular constructs which flow easily through the brain, sparking their own synapses from ear to cortex, that leads the listener in to the weave of knitting betwixt blues, maths-rock and modern-jazz each of which is blended in to an output that holds attention with Maxhaseyes igniting the occasional firework in tracks which for its bright trajectory kidnaps transfixed attention before subsiding back in to the flow of sound.
My pick of the eleven tracks on Heavy Handed is the fifth – Sorrows.
The English experimental-acoustics duo of Kirsty Wood and Paul Good performing as less. released the LP We are using your language to communicate on the 27th.
Alongside their music released as less. they are also sculptors and installation artists.
In similar vein to their work as visual and tactile creators, as less., they aurally conceptualise of the inner sanctum of the interior of the anterior and posterior of the composition, delivering music that has a recognisable synthesis yet at the same time an abstractness which fires the neurons in the brain to action, as the listener is drawn into its own inner workings set within opening and closing points of the pieces.
From the just over half an hour seven track – We are using your language to communicate – album (available on bandcamp), my pick of the release is the middle number – We Were In Bloom.
The Canadian new-wave quartet CHAMPION LOVER were introduced back in 2014.
Their latest reveal is the track Rob Ford, which for those who are not au fait – he was the controversial Mayor of Toronto between 2010 and 2014.
Although CHAMPION LOVER gave second thought to releasing the track as Mr. Ford died in March during the editing process, they decided that the message is not only pertinent to one person, rather a caveat to the world of bureaucrats, with the City still recovering from the effects.