Astral Plains: Vinyl LPLPWABB163
Label: We Are Busy Bodies
Release Date: 11th August
This is just dead lovely, a jazz record that sounds like a film-noir soundtrack set in deepest, coldest, rural and disconnected Canada (they're from Saskatchewan). It's got that feeling of the celestial dance and the earth.
Peace Flag Ensemble are a free jazz collective from Saskatchewan, Canada
Their second LP, Astral Plains, arrives on via We Are Busy Bodies. While the group's 2021 debut Noteland was described as "akin to getting stuck in a sensory deprivation tank with Keith Jarrett", in itself by no means a bad scenario, by contrast Astral Plains opens up, offering spacious and blue- sky arrangements and production. Perhaps it's closer to laying in a prairie field looking for animals in the clouds with Mark Hollis.