Arthur King & the Night Sea: Palmetto LP (Dangerbird, 2017)

May 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Arthur King & the Night Sea: Palmetto LP

Swirling, atmospheric sorta-jazz. Definitely similar to TNT-era Tortoise, but there’s some trippy, Miles-esque trumpet playing. The trumpets sound warped and Jon Hassell-y on “Yao Ming”, but there’s way more of a groove. “Metaphor” is longer and is most active and swinging during the middle, but it drifts out into the sea after that. The tracks on the second side similarly drift between languid grooves and spacious zoning. “Nigredo” gets pretty turbulent though, it sounds like someone’s getting caught in a tornado or something. “Glenn’s Theme” sounds like it’s begging to be sampled or rapped over. “Riverhead” ends the album with the same type of swirly melty trumpet tones it starts with.

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