The factor about The Comet Is Coming is that you may by no means make sure the place they may take you. The London-based cosmic jazz rave trio burst to life repeatedly at festivals and unlikely venues throughout the nation and the world, earlier than retreating, researching their very own existential and hyperreal futures, and exploding onto the scene as soon as extra to take us alongside for the trip.
With their third studio album, following 2019’s strong ‘Belief In The Life Pressure Of the Deep Thriller’ and Mercury Prize-nominated debut (2016’s ‘Channel the Spirits’), the message is simply as forceful, the journey simply as enjoyable, if a bit of extra spacious. That’s factor: the band’s best asset and typically deadly flaw is simply how furiously gifted all three musicians – Dan “Danalogue” Leavers on synths, Shabaka Hutchings (“King Shabaka”) on saxophone and Max “Betamax” Hallett on drums – are, making it simple to get carried away in sprawling, improvised solos with out realising all of your passengers have jumped ship.
‘Hyper-Dimensional Growth Beam’ directly goes sooner and more durable than earlier than, whereas leaving house for listeners and stay audiences to attract their very own conclusions too. Among the most storming dancefloor music the band have ever made welcomes us in on defiant opener ‘Code’, which you’ll already see setting a crowd on hearth subsequent summer time. That feverish power is matched in ‘Pyramids’, discovering Danalogue (this album’s maestro, the place Shabaka has usually taken centre stage prior to now) at his greatest.
The report was written and recorded in 4 days proper out of lockdown in Peter Gabriel’s Actual World studio within the English countryside, and that sense of claustrophobia and pent-up power is palpable. It climaxes with ‘Atomic Wave Dance’, all three musicians extra in sync than ever, displaying simply how a lot energy every holds once they do select to align. There are nonetheless moments of discordant pleasure, which can inevitably rework at each stay present, within the sprawling and sinister ‘Angel of Darkness’ that finds Shabaka at his most unpredictable – inevitably resulting in moments of suffocating extra, however he at all times brings it again.
That is the sound of a band at their most assured, able to nonetheless pushing the boundaries they seemingly reimagined years in the past with out overwhelming audiences with their very own love for limitless improvisation. There are not any lyrics on this album, however it looks like you possibly can hear these three musicians louder than ever. Their mission is ongoing, this electrical journey via the environment nonetheless skyrocketing.
- Launch date: September 23
- Document label: Impulse