PROPAN release their new album Swagger on CD, LP and DL on SOFA on the 27th May 2022. An unusual sonic tapestry which is weaved around Duo’s voices with all sorts of beats, noises, samples, loops, crackles – you name it. All very surreal and hypnotic, but in the same time heeling and calming with its repetitive patterns and choruses. Nocturnal journey inside your own head.
Martin Taxt releases new album Second Room on CD, LP and DL on SOFA on the 27th of May.
Second Room is Taxt’s second album in a series of works investigating possible relations between music and architecture. In this work written for alto saxophone, two microtonal tubas, double bass, church organ, hand bells and modular synthesizers he is inspired by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, and his ideas on different concepts of living.
release date: 20.05.2022 on Strut Records
more than the sum of its parts, Flock is never less than intriguing. ★ ★ ★ ★ MOJO
recorded in a single day when the players were clearly on cracking form, this quietly magnificent debut dips into modal jazz, Afrofunk and analogue glitch 8/10 UNCUT
a forward-thinking, highly atmospheric and distinctive concoction of modern jazz and experimentalism with an electronic edge 8/10 FUTURE MUSIC
Flock is gloriously unpredictable, and you only hope there’s more of this to come. ELECTRONIC SOUND
Major new project announcing on Strut today featuring a heavyweight line-up of forward-thinking UK jazz players. Flock comprises Bex Burch (Vula Viel), Danalogue (The Comet Is Coming, Soccer96), Sarathy Korwar, Al MacSween (Maisha) and Tamar Osborn (Collocutor).
release date: 20.05.2022 on Traumton
Whoever expects only calm, dreamy music because of the album title, Somnambule, will be surprised. Olga Reznichenko does not take the name of the album so literally, but rather in an associative way. “It’s not directly about sleepwalking, but about different nocturnal states. These also included semi-conscious phases in which my thoughts don’t come to rest or melodies that I played before still reverberate.”
In May 2022, Espen Berg Trio are releasing their fourth album on Odin Records. Fjære [Tide] consists of seven new compositions by Berg and was recorded during a time where being together has been difficult. As a counterweight to this and as a symbol of togetherness and friendship, the trio has invited three guests artists for the first time: Mathias Eick (trumpet), Hanna Paulsberg (sax) and Silje Nergaard (vocal).
“This music is too urgent to be missed.” –The Audio Beat
“It’s a gorgeous, ballad-focused album…combining musicianship of the highest order with benchmark-setting recording and production values.” —London Jazz News
Thanatosis Records release Martin Kuchen’s Utopia on LP / CD / DL on Thanatosis Records on the 13th May 2022.
For more than two decades Swedish reedist Martin Küchen has cemented his place as one of the most versatile musicians within improvised and experimental music, following his innate curiosity to pursue many different approaches. Depending upon one’s aesthetic preferences one might know him as a free jazz firebreather
“Wonderful interaction and beautiful compositions are highlighted on this recording. I hear the influence of Spain throughout. This is a great trio which will be listened to by serious musicians and enjoyed.” – NEA Jazz Master, saxophonist and composer Dave Liebman
Barcelona-born bassist Manel Fortià bridges his Mediterranean and Spanish roots with the sounds of modern New York jazz on his trio album Despertar, available May 12, 2022 via Segell Microscopi/Altafonte Distribution.
release date: 06.05.2022 on Pyroclastic Records
★★★★ “Every track has an architecture, a flow, a journey, a story…again and again one can admire and be touched by the ability of all four of these musicians to make the pacing, the story-telling all feel as natural as breathing.” – Sebastian Scotney, The Arts Desk
“A smartly unruly drummer active in devious art-rock and outsider jazz.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times
“[The] nondescript term ‘drummer’ doesn’t get near the chemistry of earworm hooks, sharp-end jazz innovation and global-musical openness of New York percussionist/composer Ches Smith.” John Fordham, The Guardian
Interpret It Well, the new album featuring drummer/vibraphonist/composer