Track of the day: One Living Genus from Anteloper's Pink Dolphins

You won't have heard anything quite like Pink Dolphins out in June on International Anthem. Thick with a varnish of electronics and moving in a restless exploratory fashion 'One Living Genus' comes at the end of the record, a saga of a track all …

Published: 20 Apr 2022. Updated: 7 months.

You won't have heard anything quite like Pink Dolphins out in June on International Anthem. Thick with a varnish of electronics and moving in a restless exploratory fashion 'One Living Genus' comes at the end of the record, a saga of a track all in itself driven by a baggy futuristic lopside momentum that takes us on a thrilling ride. Produced by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker the album is the project of trumpeter Jaimie Branch and drummer Jason Nazary. Parker gives a few insights as to how the record was made: “The source material that was initially sent to me was many, many hours of improvised sessions that needed to be sifted through. It was overwhelming! So eventually Anteloper went back in the lab and edited the source material down into smaller chunks, and we went from there. It took me a long time to find a groove with it… I spent many months experimenting with different techniques and ideas. I would send them tracks, they would add to it and send it back. It was definitely a challenging way to make a record. I learned a lot. It was worth it!” Seriously awesome sounds, check out the track above.

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Emily Francis trio, Luma, ****

Playing Ronnie Scott's on Thursday night this original piano trio does not take the usual overly dreamy orthodox route. A certain fire comes instead from drummer Jamie Murray who brings a Mark Giuliana-like energy to the trio while leader pianist …

Published: 19 Apr 2022. Updated: 7 months.

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Playing Ronnie Scott's on Thursday night this original piano trio does not take the usual overly dreamy orthodox route. A certain fire comes instead from drummer Jamie Murray who brings a Mark Giuliana-like energy to the trio while leader pianist Emily Francis not to be outdone offers plenty of variety and pulsating ideas especially when switching to keyboards and manages to keep the trio sounding contemporary rather than a tribute to a lost age. Largely original tunes, the trio skirt round jazz-rock and electronica textures with bassist Trevor Boxall an alert presence at all times. Worth discovering, Luma can be obtained via this link