This one snuck out a bit under the radar yesterday, but I’d be remiss to not mention a new Badge Époque Ensemble record on the way this winter. The band offers up another triptych title, Air, Light & Harmony, fitting in nicely with their past proclivity towards the format. This time around the band goes full instrumental, tying psych-jazz knots out of their own back catalog in the process. The new record resamples elements of their previous albums, pursuing past themes and turning them into newly lounged and languid works. Album opener and title track, “Air, Light & Harmony” samples Jay Anderson’s drums, turning them from their limber origins into the dusted snap that drives the song with admitted nods to Azymuth’s oft-sampled fare. The rhythmic backbone buoys the song’s jazz drip, with keys from Edwin de Goeij, vibes from Ed Squires, and Karen Ng’s sax jousting with Max Turnbull’s guitar. The new record hits stores November 3rd.
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