Spectrum Orchestrum: Suburbs

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There is nothing more likely to warm the hearts of the Review Corner than a polite email from a Frenchman asking if we would review his band, especially when the forthcoming EP (though it’s long) subsequently turns out to be lovingly packaged with an imaginatively designed sleeve.
Prelude opens the EP gently and is slightly avant garde but the first full track Suburbs, is fairly standard modern, melodic jazz. It’s approachable but it’s loud: there’s more than a hint of psychedelic rock about this and it sounds rooted in late 60s and 70s.
In places the EP could be Rush, in others Cream. This isn’t gentle cafe jazz but music that’s loud, sweaty and slightly rough around the edges.
Lonely Woman opens with discordant guitar but develops to include a long and chilled piano section, despite the other instruments rocking out.
Mantra is more prog-like and has lots of bass guitar. Lots.
The more avant garde Postlude closes the album as artily as it opened.
We’re very glad we got this, so merci M Leleu for sending it. If you like loud jazz, or jazz-tinged prog rock or even jazzy psychedelia we suggest you head to spectrumorchestrum.bandcamp.com/album/suburbs for some interesting music.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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