Nubdug Ensemble: Volume 2: Blame (Pest Colors Music, 2021)

January 25, 2022 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Nubdug Ensemble: Volume 2: Blame

The second Nubdug Ensemble release is another 20-minute prog-jazz-pop nugget made up of accessible songs with knotty time signatures. Opener “Blues” has the longest lyric sheet and seems hookier than the other songs, but the lyrics are generally poetic, industrious, and a little philosophical. Amanda Chaudhary’s magic touch is felt on the synth-heavy “Bleep” and “Blaze”. “Blaze” is especially mind-blowing, progressing from an interstellar synth odyssey to a playful jazz-rock fantasia. “Block” shows that the group can put aside tricky time signatures and just lay down a heavy dance groove, with shuffling drums and gargantuan funk bass setting the pace for freewheeling sax solos by Steve Adams of Rova.

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  1. Thank you for listening so closely, and for taking the time to write this review!

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