Local Talent: Higienópolis (Projectwhatever, 2019)

January 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Local Talent: Higienópolis

Toronto’s James Hill (who is currently touring with BadBadNotGood, and is also a member of Autobahn Trio) leads Local Talent, a jazz trio heavy on atmospheric synths and flowing, spontaneous rhythms. On this brief album, sounds and moods shift from kaleidoscopic daydreams to classical piano introspections; “The Silent Cry” starts out the latter and ends up the former. “Tundra” and “Sailing At Night” are appropriately dusky and/or wintry, but then “Skeletons” is more rousing and colorful, and easily the album’s most exciting track. The somber “Blue Rainbow” showcases Rich Brown’s electric bass playing more than the preceding tracks.

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