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Album: A Humdrum Star
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Album: A Humdrum Star
# Song Title   Time
1)    Prayer More Info... 0:03
2)    Raven More Info... 0:05
3)    Bardo More Info... 0:07
4)    A Hundred Moons More Info... 0:04
5)    Strid More Info... 0:08
6)    Transient State More Info... 0:06
7)    Return to Text More Info... 0:05
8)    Reactor More Info... 0:06
9)    Window More Info... 0:05
 
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  • Personnel: Chris Illingworth (piano); Nick Blacka (double bass); Rob Turner (drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Brendan Williams; Joseph Reiser.
  • Recording information: Low Four Studios, Manchester (06/10/2017-06/23/2017).
  • Go Go Penguin's genre-bending, EDM-influenced brand of jazz has earned the Manchester-based trio plaudits, including being shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2014. The band's fourth studio album, and second for Blue Note, 2018's atmospheric A Humdrum Star, finds them delving even deeper into an electronic-influenced sound that favors texture and mood over standards or jazz-based elements. Once again featured are bassist Nick Blacka, pianist Chris Illingworth, and drummer Rob Turner. Working with producers Joe Reiser and Brendan Williams, the trio offers a set of original compositions rife with skittering breakbeats, roiling piano melodies, and warm acoustic bass grooves. It's a style that seems informed as much by the computer-based production of Four Tet, and Amon Tobin as the hypnotic classical compositions of Philip Glass and the '70s jazz of Keith Jarrett. To achieve this cross-pollinated aesthetic, the band purportedly balance their compositional process between writing songs on their instruments and utilizing electronic production programs that they then translate to live instrumentation. As a result, these songs have the wave-like flow of electronic dance tracks but with the expansive, acoustic atmosphere of classic ECM recordings. ~ Matt Collar
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Clash (Magazine) - "There's a richly atmospheric sense of ambition running through the record, continually side-stepping expectations on the band's continually inventive strand of jazz-but-not-jazz."
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