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Nostalgia 77 — A Journey Too Far (2014)

Nostalgia 77 — A Journey Too Far (2014)

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♣   Alias of Benedic Lamdin, an eclectic producer who switched between samples and live instrumentation on releases for Ubiquity and Tru Thoughts.
Location: London, England
Genre: Electronic, Jazz
Styles: Downtempo, Contemporary Jazz, Clubjazz
Album release: December 24, 2013
Record Label: Tru Thoughts Records
Duration:     39:51
Tracks:
01 What Do You Know     3:43 
02 Crescent City     3:55 
03 Don't Run     2:43 
04 Your Love Weighs a Tonne     3:43 
05 Backlash     3:17 
06 Ramshackle Rose     4:25 
07 My Lord     2:34 
08 Medicine Chest     5:02 
09 An Angel with No Halo     4:19 
10 One     3:09 
11 Like Dark to Light     3:01
2013 Tru Thoughts Records
♣   All tracks written by Benedic Lamdin
Album Moods: Earnest Confident Earthy Gutsy Sophisticated Gritty Animated Bittersweet Brassy Bright Brittle Declamatory Energetic Erotic Euphoric Exciting Flashy Lively Poignant Provocative Sensual Sexy Swinging Virile Visceral
Themes: The Creative Side Classy Gatherings Late Night Seduction Summer
Credits:
♣   James Allsopp  Reeds
♣   Ned Crowther  Vocals (Background)
♣   Kit Downes  Keyboards, Piano
♣   Tim Giles  Drums, Percussion
♣   Benedic Lamdin  Arranger, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Mixing, Producer
♣   Robert Luis  A&R
♣   Jeb Loy Nichols  Vocals
♣   Josa Peit  Vocals
♣   Mike Pelanconi  Mixing
♣   Beth Rowley  Vocals (Background)
♣   Fulvio Sigurta  Trumpet
♣   Ross Stanley  Organ (Hammond)
♣   Riaan Vosloo  Arranger, Bass
Review by Thom JurekScore: ***½
♣   Ben Lamdin introduced vocalist Josa Peit to Nostalgia 77's audiences on 2011's excellent pop-jazz offering Sleepwalking Society (March 22, 2011). Her throaty yet breezy alto was the perfect companion for his horn and keyboard-rich ensemble. A Journey Too Far, their second album-length offering, is a stunner. It's also — as has come to be expected from the producer, composer, and conceptualist — a musically different animal than any of his previous albums. Here, psychedelic pop and soul, cinematic jazz and blues, and more contribute to this septet's already expansive palette. ♣   Opener "What Do You Know" is rambling, funky horns and Rhodes-driven jazz-pop, with cinematic undertones and explosive, swirling, rhythmic strings (think Richard Evans). Peit's smoky voice fills the track's spaces, but never oversells the lyric. "Your Love Weighs a Tonne" is grimy, bluesy, psych-flavored soul that could have come from an early-'70s British film score. Her singing is as beat-conscious as it is expressive: she hits the band's deep punchy grooves, settles in, and works it hard before vocalizing in an intoxicated fashion on the refrain. "Ramshackle Rose" is raw souled-out funk, with Lamdin's guitar vying for domination with Tim Giles' tight breaks. Fulvio Sigurta's trumpets, though low-key, add a color that makes the entire proceeding soar. It's the only track where the band supercedes Peit's delivery. Though Jeb Loy Nichols appears twice here, including on the reggae-tinged "Don't Run," his presence is an outlier; it feels out of place in this collection. Pre-release single "An Angel with No Halo" is an elegant, off-kilter ballad that walks a line between psychedelic folk and Jimmy Webb-esque pop. "One" openly suggests the folk-soul of Minnie Riperton as married to a string chart by Charles Stepney — but the melody and harmonies bear Lamdin's signature while Peit's performance pays a subtle tribute to Dusty Springfield as well. The acoustic duet between his slide guitar and her rootsy, tender vocal on closer "Like Dark to Light" sends the set off on a tender, sexy whisper. A Journey Too Far is decidedly retro, but Lamdin's career has been one of looking back, combining elements he finds there, and creating something unmistakably Nostalgia 77's. That is certainly the case here, where colors, timbres, textures, genres, and spaces are utilized to (mostly) magnificent effect.
Artist Biography by Andy Kellman
♣   Nostalgia 77 features the production work of Benedic Lamdin, who shifts between relying upon samples and musicians as raw material for his processed tracks. After some singles for the 7Sevens label, he released his first album, Songs for My Funeral, in 2004, and followed that with 2005's The Garden, issued on Ubiquity; Borderlands and Sevens & Eights: Recorded Live at the Jazz Cafe in 2006, and then Everything Under the Sun the next year. In 2008, the album Weapons of Jazz Destruction was released by Tru Thoughts under the Nostalgia 77 Octet moniker. Landin (who played guitar) expanded his concept group to include drums, upright bass, brass, reeds, and winds. After a collection entitled Nostalgia 77's One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides, in 2009 Landin enlisted British jazz and improv legends pianist Keith Tippett and vocalist Julie Tippetts for Nostalgia 77 Sessions, Vol. 1, another full-ensemble recording that featured upright bass, saxophones, guitar, and drums in addition to piano and vocals. ♣   Landin also acted as producer and engineer for the date. Throughout the latter half of the 21st century's first decade, Landin concerned himself with a lot of production work on albums by Jeb Loy Nichols, Elizabeth Parks, Larry Stabbins, Alice Russell, Sara Mitra, Fringe Magnetic, and Golden Age of Steam. In the early spring of 2011, Nostalgia 77 released the most eclectic and far-reaching album to date with Sleepwalking Society featuring German vocalist Josa Peit; the set walked the line between classic Ellingtonian jazz, British folk, and even blues. In 2012, Lamdin, his regular band, and other U.K. jazzers issued The Taxidermist under the moniker Nostalgia 77 & the Monster.
♣   Returning to the Nostalgia 77 moniker proper, Lamdin furthered his collaboration with Peit on 2014's A Journey Too Far.
Website: http://nostalgia77.com/
Twitter: http://nostalgia77.com/#65b/twitter
MySpace: https://myspace.com/nostalgia77
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nostalgia77music
Press: rosie@tru-thoughts.co.uk
Agent: francois@bacana.com
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Nostalgia 77 — A Journey Too Far (2014)

 

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