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Macramé Brass elegantly weaves jazz and ambient influences on new EP
(Published: December 09, 2021)

Macramé Brass recently unveiled a new self-titled studio EP, which feels like a perfect representation of the project's broad creative scope. As a session player, composer Gerald Bailey has already provided his unique trumpet skills to artists as diverse as Mono and Ty Segall. There is something truly magical about how Macramé Brass approaches composition, fusing jazz nuances with ambient and experimental music alike.

This EP is indicative of this distinctive fusion of styles, unfolding over four beautiful tracks, which were recorded just before the onset of the 2020 pandemic at Experimental Sound Studio. Macramé Brass went into the sessions with a clear idea: capturing the spontaneity, and the improvisational instincts of their recent live shows, which they were able to capture to perfection.

Other recent events, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter's tragic deaths, have inspired the melancholic mood of some of the sessions, giving the music a deeply intuitive, yet highly cinematic flow. The first track, "Macramé," has a unique lo-fi vibe to it, with mangled samples in the beginning leading to a very soulful, yet atmospheric arrangement, in the vein of artists like Flying Lotus or Nosaj Thing, among others. The second track, "Mezcal Caravan," is one of the highlights on the EP. The track has a more organic sound, and it captures Macramé Brass's jazz-leaning side to perfection.

The sound of the drums is particularly impressive: the roominess of the tone makes for a big, spacious sound, while the brass instruments retain so much clarity and warmth. "Meditation," happens to be the third song on the EP, and as the title might imply, it is more ambient-driven and atmospheric when compared to some of the other tracks. This is a welcome change of pace, adding a beautiful set of textures to this EP.

Last, but not least, the song "Larb" happens to be the final track on the EP, as well as being its longest composition, clocking in at over 7 minutes! Somewhere in between free jazz, fusion and experimental sounds, this track is a perfect conclusion, allowing the EP to stand out for its diverse range of sounds and production aesthetics overall. The drum grooves are hypnotic, while the sax has free reign to lead the track with its intense flow.

More Information: https://geraldbailey.bandcamp.com/album/macram-brass

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