Flock: Double Vinyl LP
Label: Strut Records
Release Date: 20th May
This record really sucks you into its world, we've just popped it on and we're in a spiritual jazz otherworld featuring some of UK jazzes great and experimental, it has an earthly timbre and comforting ambience but rumbles with life. Can't wait for you lot to hear this one, it's magic!
For those who dig: Sons of Kemet, Comet Is Coming, Sarathy Korwar, Soccer96, Maisha, Collocutor, Idris Ackamor...
Flock is a brand new collaboration between five leading musicians from London's open-minded jazz and experimental scenes: Bex Burch (Vula Viel), Sarathy Korwar, Dan "Danalogue" Leavers (Soccer96, The Comet Is Coming), Al MacSween (Maisha) and Tamar Osborn (Collocutor).
The musicians were first brought together by drummer Sarathy Korwar during March 2020 for one of Boiler Room, Total Refreshment Centre and Night Dreamer’s more memorable streamed sessions from early lockdown. It caught the attention of Strut Records and the label presented an open offer for the musicians to create a new, completely freeform project.
Gathering together at The Fish Factory in London Summer 2020, the approach was to try something fresh. "I wrote texts as scores for the session and the emphasis was on breathing and listening to each other", explains Bex Burch. "Improvisation is composition in itself, so although the music was freely improvised, we sometimes chose to stay on form and rhythm, repeating melodies and groove."
Tracks include the pulsing, searching opener ‘Expand’, the taught soundscape ‘Prepare To Let Go’ and the frenetic, urgent ‘Bold Dream’. At times widescreen and cinematic and at others more tense and claustrophobic, each Flock piece explores its own colour and mood.
"Every moment in this process has been a new journey into the unknown. Everyone came, breathed and brought openness of heart, ears, lungs and wings."
‘Flock’ by Flock is released on Strut on 20th May 2022. Artwork is based on an exclusive new illustration piece by Muhammad Rofi Fatchurofi.