Women in Airports – Dive
(Mawi Music. CD evaluate by Nick Davies)
Women in Airports is likely one of the few younger Danish indie jazz bands to have established itself internationally, with two of their albums, their fourth, Fable (2015), and fifth Reside (2017) showing on the British label Version Information.
The band consists of Martin Stender on saxophone, Lars Greve on saxophones and clarinets, Mathias Holm on keyboards, Victor Dybbroe on percussion. They’ve a primary change in personnel for a number of years, with the forceful and authoritative Anders Vestergaard (identified for his work with pianist Jacob Anderskov) now on drums. This new album Dive on the Mawi label has a powerful vitality about it.
In keeping with the press launch: “On the album Dive, the 5 musicians dive into themselves and into the music. This time the melodies will not be taking part in the main half within the music however as a substitute act as collective sequences that mirror the thoughts’s actions between mild and darkness, life and demise, optimism and discouragement”.
On first listening to it’s obvious that, somewhat than the person devices taking the lead, the collective performs collectively, growing the sound that’s uniquely Women in Airports but subtly completely different from their earlier releases. The band has produced a mature sound and clearly advantages from the time that they’ve performed collectively, leaving the impression they perceive and embrace their particular person strengths as gamers and use them to good impact.
At occasions, the music is mysterious and different occasions, really cinematic. The composition lends itself to hints of Pink Floyd, notably within the monitor Weaver. Count on tracks which are both very mellow and chilled or full on from the outset however all are delivered in a manner that’s not overpowering. Additionally they have a very good sense of making soundscapes; they improve somewhat than dominate the music’s pulse and circulation.
Total, one other sturdy launch from Women in Airports, constructing on their earlier information to attain the heights of Dive. Discerning listening, falling very neatly into the jazz-rock class with heavy improvisation being the jazz connection. Definitely a very good begin for brand new listeners with common surprises on a vibrant musical journey, from begin to end.
LINK: Dive on Bandcamp