Boomkat Product Review:
Here's a stunner of a surprise; Chicago royalty the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble take on Richard Youngs' bonafide classic "Sapphie" with help from Moses Sumney, Perfume Genius and Sharon Van Etten. Utterly next level, spiritual material that enshrine Youngs' music in the jeweled temple it always deserved.
Originally released in 1998, 'Sapphie' was Youngs' fifth album, but since then it's taken on almost mythic status. The soft, understated songs are among the best he's has written, and on its re-release, Jagjaguar named the album “one of the most important unheard treasures of the last half decade of the twentieth century.”
Here, its three songs are reinterpreted by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the eclectic eight-piece outfit comprised of the sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. If that's not already sold you, there's more. Moses Sumney adds his vocals to 'Soon It Will Be Fire', reinterpreting Youngs' pitchy vulnerability with a muted, soulful swagger.
Perfume Genius gives the assist on 'A Fullness Of Light In Your Soul', echoing Youngs' words through a dense cloud of effects. But it's the final composition 'The Graze Of Days' that might hit us the hardest, as Sharon Van Etten lays down gentle guitar and whispers sparse words over the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's euphoric swells.
Utterly gorgeous music.