Adult Jazz sound nothing like what your parents’ idea of “jazz” might be. Instead, the UK outfit pull from genres far and wide — there’s a touch of folk, a smattering of blues, a hint of rock, and more, in their imaginative and multi-textured brand of pop music. To slap a label on the quartet is not only a musical injustice of sorts, but takes away from the fun, adventure-like experience of actually listening to their music. Case in point: their latest song “Idiot Mantra”.
A vibrant and fluid number, its creative use of space and instrumentation might easily call to mind the earthy, shape-shifting work of Grizzly Bear or Dirty Projectors. Harmonies burst and fizzle throughout, the band’s vocals gripping instruments in and of themselves. Meanwhile, the hypnotic percussion and occasional zigzagging riffs give the “Idiot Mantra” an extra splash of color.
Below, check out the accompanying video, which features an awesome drum circle (via Noisey):
“Idiot Mantra” is off Adult Jazz’s forthcoming debut album, Gist Is, due out August 5th through Spare Thought. For more sounds, listen to the excellent “Spook”.
Gist Is Tracklist:
02. Am Gone
04. Donne Tongue
05. Pigeon Skulls
07. Idiot Mantra
08. Be A Girl