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New Hymn To Freedom

by Szun Waves

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dag_nabbhett beautiful sounds for jaded ears. exquisite headphoning.
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Michael Mueller This album has found a previously unknown middle ground between wistfulness and ecstasy and mines it for all its worth.

The undulating synthesizers carry the soprano saxophone like a kite on tossed on the breeze, and under it all are the sombre, anchoring chords of structured melancholy.

When enjoyed in the context of the album's title, this is a richly meditative, transportive collection hovering in the space Keats once called Negative Capability.

Blissful, yet sad. A perfect combination. Favorite track: Fall Into The Water.
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wtfserg takes you on a wonderful journey. Favorite track: Fall Into The Water.
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julien huckert Un voyage musical magique et reposant.
Digne d’un voyage intersidéral Favorite track: New Hymn To Freedom.
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Sometimes in improvised music there can be a distance between listener and players, a sense you’re sitting back and admiring their interplay and abstraction – but with Szun Waves’ second album, you’re right in there with them, inside the playing, experiencing the absolute joy the three musicians feel as they circle around each other, exploring the spaces they’ve opened up.

The three members already have sparkling pedigrees of their own. Norfolk’s Luke Abbott is well known for his explorations of the zones between pure ambience and the leftmost fringes of club culture. With Portico Quartet and Circle Traps, Jack Wyllie has been in the vanguard of UK fusions of jazz, classical and club music. Australian drummer Laurence Pike has likewise found a unique voice in improvised and experimental music-making, whether in the bands Triosk or PVT, or as a solo artist.

The trio’s musical relationship has grown naturally and steadily, and it shows. From Wyllie adding shimmering sustained sax notes to Abbott’s gorgeous ambient pieces in 2013, Szun Waves emerged when Pike was added to the mix, energising the sound but still keeping its levitational qualities. Their 2016 self-released debut album hit a natural groove – it was a “proof of concept” as Abbott says – and now they’re in a place of pure spontaneity: New Hymn To Freedom is a document of six entirely live improvisations – “no edits or overdubs” – and its title couldn’t be more apt.

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released August 31, 2018

Luke Abbott - synths
Laurence Pike - drums
Jack Wyllie - saxophone

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