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Jade Collective conjures ethereal blend of jazz, folk, and alternative
(Published: January 10, 2021)

Jade Collective is a band with a focus on making music that blurs the lines between folk, jazz, and other styles such as alternative. Their most recent EP, Cycles, stands out as a great calling card for the collective, as well as a vivid and imaginative example of their seemingly endless creative energy.

The word Cycles might seem like a simple combination of six letters in the English language, but it is actually loaded with meaning, so much so beyond what we can fully comprehend. Cycles are at the core of some many things in our life - at an existential and emotional level alike. Listening to this fittingly titled EP from Jade Collective evokes a lot of strong feelings, because this isn't music that's made with a safety net. The Collective managed to go all out in terms of creativity, taking chances with their composition, and taking their formula to a whole new level.

This remarkable EP features five songs. The opening number "Light," is a cinematic song based on a beautiful piano melody and a romantic vocal performance. The minimalist arrangement quickly morphs into richer full-band affair, reminiscent of bands such as Daughter or Son Lux, only to mention but a few. The title track is a beautifully atmospheric song, which makes me think of dream-pop and shoegaze acts such as Beach House, Dead Rituals or Slowdive, only to mention a few. This song has a more laid-back feel than most of the groups mentioned above, but it definitely shares an affinity for mesmerizing soundscapes and innovative ideas that turn a relatively simple song structure into something much more intense and rewarding for the audience.

There is also room for an interlude, which also features Isaac Wang, as well as an amazing single titled "Don't," which is another collaboration, this time with the talented Ben Wendel. The final song, "Lilith" is a beautiful curtain closer, which is loaded with emotional depth and feels like the perfect song to conclude this EP. All in all, this is a very ethereal release, which combines the group's musicianship with a nice sense of textures and soundscapes.

Find out more about Jade Collective, and listen to their EP, Cycles, which is now available on their official page on Bandcamp.

More Information: https://jadecollective.bandcamp.com

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