Boomkat Product Review:
Another absorbing, colourful instalment from Chinatown, NYC’s Georgia duo, casting their stylistic net far and wide to achieve a lushly syncretic fusion of myriad genres and outernational vibes, a deeply respectful sort of 4.1 world music, if y0u will.
Capping their busiest year on record, which has already seen them issue great records for F T D and Kashual Plastik, All Kind Music is a typically elaborate tapestry of style ’n pattern executed with filigree, needlepoint dexterity in dazzling 3D geometries, succinctly incorporating vocals by Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), Abang Essone Sarah Maya and India Menuez with the instrumental virtuosity of Mary Lattimore (harp) and Wednesday Knudsen (Sax).
Their recordings are the result of live jams, juiced in the edit for all the pulp and sweetest parts which are later shaped into these shiny prisms, capturing the expressive fluidity of digits-on-strings and skins and rendering those performances even more wonderful by binary process and diffraction.
The label behind the release, Palto Flats, point to apt comparisons with Jon Hassell and 23 Skidoo, and we’d add K. Leimer’s Savant, African Sciences and even Oliver Coates’ or his peer, Mica Levi to that list, particularly in terms of Georgia’s rhythmic suss, heady ambient space and dilated grasp of non-standardised scales and unique textures, at the least.
There are other, less mentionable names trading in this magpie-style, but few others do so with such jazzy looseness and skill, shaocased in their deceptively effortless ability to travel from frayed East African styles to gamelan funk and hyper footwork voodoo and free jazz flights without ever missing a beat.