Moongriffin: Glimpse of Future LP (Cartilage Osseux Records, 2015)

July 19, 2015 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Moongriffin: Glimpse of Future LP

Moongriffin: Glimpse of Future LP

Debut full-length from a Portland-based artist who has spend time in the Chicago jazz scene and has produced this impressive spacey electronic jazz album. Really fluid and abstract yet tightly controlled. Belongs in the same conversation as Dave Douglas’ recent collaboration with Shigeto or Justin Walter’s album on Kranky, or any of the jazzier excursions affiliated with Brainfeeder and the like. It clearly sounds like jazz, and can be enjoyed by open-minded jazz listeners of old, but it has a modern sensibility and adventurous production, and isn’t afraid to have glitchy electronics (such as “No End”) or hip-hop-influenced rhythms. The title track is the only one with vocals, which are kind of slowed and dirgey. Otherwise, it’s a really intriguing set of instrumental post-jazz explorations. Available on Bandcamp.

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