|Slowly Rolling Camera — Juniper (6th July, 2018)|
Slowly Rolling Camera — Juniper (6th July, 2018)★Ξ★ Welšská skupina Slowly Rolling Camera spojuje čtyři nesmírně talentované hudebníky z různých prostředí. Výsledkem je jedinečný soundscape v mixu jazzu, soulu, drum and bass a elektro. Hudbu ovlivňují Cinematic Orchestra a Portishead, ale také James Blake a Bonobo. Není divu, že The Guardian popsal jejich debutové album jako “mocný nováček s Rising Star” napsaným pro celý svět. Superb”!
★Ξ★ Le groupe anglais Slowly Rolling Camera réunit quatre musiciens immensément talentueux venu de divers horizons. Le résultat est un soundscape unique mêlant le jazz, le soul, le drum and bass et l’électro. La musique porte les influences de The Cinematic Orchestra et Portishead, mais également de James Blake et Bonobo. Pas étonnant que The Guardian ait décrit leur premier album comme un “powerful newcomer with Rising Star written all over it. Superb” !
Genre: Jazz, Electronic
Format: Limited Edition LP, CD
Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK
Album release: 6th July, 2018
Record Label: Edition Records
01. Juniper 7:46
02. Helsinki 5:56
03. A Thousand Lights 2:47
04. Hyperloop 5:30
05. Crossings 7:09
06. Nature’s Ratio 1:58
07. The Outlier 5:32
08. Eight Days 5:53
★ Dave Stapleton: keyboards;
★ Deri Roberts: electronics;
★ Elliot Bennett: drums;
★ Stuart McCallum: guitar;
★ Neil Yates: trumpet;
★ Nicolas Kummert: saxophones;
★ Mark Lockheart: saxophones;
★ Aidan Thorne: double bass;
★ Tom Barford: tenor & soprano saxophone;
★ James Copus: trumpet;
★ Sam Glaser: alto saxophone.
By GENO THACKARA, June 29, 2018, Score: ★★★★½
★Ξ★ If Slowly Rolling Camera isn’t already working on a film score or two, then some director somewhere is really missing out. The Welsh outfit occupies a beautifully lush spot in the music world at the intersection of jazz, trip~hop and soul~soothing electronica. It’s sweeping yet intimate stuff, vivid and emotional on a widescreen scale in hi~def. This was true for their first two full~lengths as well, but Juniper shows them making a core change and producing their finest outing to date.
★Ξ★ That’s nothing against former member Dionne Bennett, whose leisurely croon helped add a rich R&B angle to their self~titled debut (Edition, 2014) and its followup All Things (Edition, 2016), plus the odd single or EP in between. The group’s sound was first conceived as a kind of modern~age instrumental fusion, however, and they’re clearly invigorated by returning to the looser possibilities of those less song~based roots. The trio of Dave Stapleton (keys), Elliott Bennett (drums) and Deri Roberts (electronics and sound design) — aided by a crew of top~notch Edition Records colleagues on horns, bass and guitar — somehow comes out both more futuristic and organic than ever.
★Ξ★ Stapleton’s floating synth weaves a vista of swirls and shadings without going retro or using overly obvious tones. Between his atmospheres and Elliott’s brisk skittering, the pieces go from easy ambience to dreamy mid~tempo most gracefully. For his part Roberts doesn’t stand out as an instrumental voice, but provides a vast soundstage for the others with subtly evocative colors around the edges.
★Ξ★ The spell they weave shows an expert ear for well~crafted dynamics, yet the result flows as naturally as flowers opening to the sun. “Helsinki” is buoyed by the reeds in a calmly majestic way; the jittery “Hyperloop” gives Stuart McCallum a spot to turn up the heat with some smoldering guitar. In other spots they use a full group of horns for mashed~up Motown patterns; see the loose extended jam of “Crossings” and “The Outlier” with its jagged game of rhythm hopskotch. Vastly expansive or close as a whisper, Slowly Rolling Camera offers a warm immersive experience in a niche all their own — a beauty at any speed. ★Ξ★ https://www.allaboutjazz.com/
→ DAVE STAPLETON — composer, keyboards
→ DERI ROBERTS — electronics, sound design
→ ELLIOT BENNETT — drums
★Ξ★ Since 2013 Slowly Rolling Camera have carved a path for themselves as one of the rising stars of the European Jazz scene. Praised for their intense and powerful live shows as well as receiving critical acclaim from the international press, their heavy grooves, unleashed hooks and extremely emotional contrasts has become a hallmark of their epic sound.
★Ξ★ With two albums (Slowly Rolling Camera, 2014 — All Things 2016) and an EP (Into the Shadow, 2015) behind them, in 2017 they evolved as a unit, focussing more instrumentally, led by composer / keyboardist Dave Stapleton, drummer Elliot Bennett and producer / sound design artist Deri Roberts.
★Ξ★ Deutschland Radio described the ‘way jazz and trip~hop merge in Slowly Rolling Camera’s music is genius’ whilst the Guardian announced the band as a ‘powerful newcomer with Rising Star written all over it. Superb!’.
New Album in 2018
★Ξ★ Cardiff based purveyors of trip~hop & jazz epics return with their emphatic and uplifting third album on 6th July with new instrumental roots, expansive jazz grooves and rich cinematic soundscapes.
★Ξ★ ‘Calls to mind the electronic soundscape makers like Cinematic Orchestra. This is heaven sent’. — SHROPSHIRE STAR
★Ξ★ ‘A jazzed~up nu~soul affair which is stuffed with orchestral sweeps, Bristol~style trip~hop and ethereal drum and bass rhythms’. — CRACK MAGAZINE
★Ξ★ ‘The lungful vocals of Dionne Bennett are a big hook, not least the refrain ‘you give me the air I need to breathe,’ … everything here sounds impeccable’. — BUZZ MAGAZINE
★Ξ★ ‘They have a secret weapon in the shy, rangy figure of Dionne Bennett, whose versatility can rise from percussively playful jazzy soul to a belter of near Tina Turner~like proportions’. — JAZZWISE
|Slowly Rolling Camera — Juniper (6th July, 2018)|