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Spirojazz unifies progressive jazz with disco and electronica on futuristic new release
(Published: May 05, 2014)

Given that music is essentially instruments in motion, it is odd that there aren't many albums focused on travel.

For Spirojazz, the process of going forward exists on multiple levels on Space and Alienation. While the title suggests rocketing to otherworldly regions, Spirojazz digs deeper, of souls departing their bodies and being transported to mysterious terrain.

There is no doubt that the specter of death haunts some of these compositions, but none of it is depressing. Instead, Spirojazz has created a masterpiece of transcendent beauty, one that speculates the idea of life elsewhere both physically and spiritually.

Spirojazz opens the record on an upbeat note with "Apollo Landing." Pulsating synthesizers and a throbbing backbeat reflect the excitement and extraterrestrial sounds of outer-space exploration. Spirojazz combines the danceable pulse of disco with the soulful warmth of jazz and the cerebral rhythms of progressive rock. They blend seamlessly together, unveiling their shared roots. The sublime piano of "Mary (And Love's Lost)" has a plaintive undertow that reveals the emotions of the artist more than words ever could. The futuristic funk of "Urban Beach Weekend" is an invigorating flashback to the ‘70s, when musicians utilized keyboards to paint sonic textures instead of hiding talent flaws.

On both parts of "Passing Through," essentially the bookends to "Michael," Spirojazz ventures into real thought-provoking territory. All the tracks deal with loss and the journey from life into the unknown. The music builds up, gradually escalating, and rising skyward like a liberated spirit. On "Michael," Spirojazz echoes the icy, nervous tones of Radiohead. Brilliantly, Spirojazz reflects both the confusion and acceptance of the person who has died as well as the agitation and loneliness of those left behind.

Intellectually stimulating and musically compelling, multi-instrumentalist Don Andrews, otherwise known as Spirojazz, distances himself from his peers with this ethereal effort.

More Information: http://spirojazz.com

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