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Szun Waves

An electronic psyjazz superband with Luke Abbott, Jack Wyllie and Laurence Pike

Szun Waves is Luke Abbott – from James Holden’s Border Community label – with Portico Quartet and Circle Traps’ Jack Wyllie and Australian drummer Laurence Pike known from bands Triosk and PVT.

In some senses this is jazz, and in its ripples, sparkles and of rhythm will certainly chime with anyone turned on by Don Cherry, Alice Coltrane or Sun Ra.  But just as much it’s in the British electronic tradition of artists like James  Holden (in whose studio the first album was recorded), Four Tet and Nathan Fake that Abbott has emerged from – only now instead of his synths echoing Norfolk’s wide open pastoral landscapes, they’re depicting altogether more celestial vistas.

Their EP ‘New Hymn to Freedom’ was lauded by critics worldwide:

 

“Excellent… Luke Abbott’s synth/sax/drums trio illustrates the links between London’s fertile jazz scene and longstanding psychedelic traditions in six vibrant, unedited improvisations” – Pitchfork

“Seen from one angle, New Hymn is a new take on spiritual jazz, with Abbott playing like Pharoah Sanders with a Buchla. Turn it slightly and it becomes a West Coast new-age symphony colored with amber light. Turn it again and it’s a gorgeous piece of percussive ambient experimentation. Whichever facet you encounter first, New Hymn shines like a rough-cut gem”
– The A.V. Club

“A beautifully crafted, exploratory piece of work”
Album Of The Weekthe Quietus

“Highly intoxicating stuff… Reach for the headphones and indulge yourselves”
9/10 DJ

“Here the woozy, dream-like electronic meditations of Portico Quartet saxophonist Jack Wyllie and synth player Luke Abbott are brought to life by Laurence Pike’s fluttering, fizzing drums”
The Guardian

“Crowned with a solar halo, this album offers one majestic aura after another. At last we mortals have a new form of Szun worship”
4/5 All About Jazz

“These six pieces reveal the occasional trio’s telepathic sense of harmony, and strike that broad sweet spot between James Holden’s rural exotica and Sun Ra’s tropical vibrations”
8/10 Uncut

“A spellbinding testimonial to the hypnotic potential of improvised music This is a record that seems torn between electronica, free improvisation, ambient mood music or forward-gazing modern jazz, and sounds all the fresher for this indecisiveness… The result is that rarest of things: an improvised album that sounds so perfect, you’d think it was all planned”
8.5/10 The Line Of Best Fit

 

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