Dave Harrington Group – Become Alive

It’s hard to know what you want to do, but it’s even harder to accept not knowing and fork total control over to serendipity. Former jazz guitarist, now multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington is caught somewhere between the two. On new full-length Become Alive, Harrington pulls a dozen musicians on board to tread through what it means to be present — or to at least try to be. That’s what he tried out on his first solo EP, Before This There Was One Heart But A Thousand Thoughts, back in 2014. That balanced electronics with the freedom of jazz, exploring not where he wanted to go, but where he felt he should go. It felt guided yet confident — complete with a solitary bass track that did little to hide its feelings towards Jaco Pastorius — in its talkative electro-jazz. It captivated you, even if you didn’t know what it was talking about. Become Alive, however, is muffled rambling that only rarely becomes clear enough to wow you, though a truly alluring pulse is hidden beneath the fog if you’re able to clear away enough smoke.

Release Date
April 15, 2016
Label
Other People
Formats
digital, vinyl, cd
Read our review
No comments