Album of the Day: Dakhla Brass – “Murmur”


Artist:  Dakhla Brass

Album:  Murmur

Label:  Impossible Ark Records

Style:  Brass

Favorite track:  “Silver and Gold”

Music from:  London, UK

What I like about it:  I like how Dakhla Brass roll out one kind of groove after the next, and the next never sounding like what came before.  I especially like those passages when they let things get a bit introspective without sacrificing a bit of the exuberant motion.  I like how the sextet generates a sound with some gravitas to it, but stays light on their feet, and maintains a flow that never gets caught under the weight of their big sound.  I like how each melody is thoughtfully considered, and care is given to the way it develops under the forces of motion.  These pieces border on catchy, and I find myself a little bit addicted to this recording… and maybe even more than a little bit.

Your album personnel:  Sophie Stockham (alto sax), Charlotte Ostafew (baritone sax), Pete Judge (trumpet), Liam Treasure (trombone), Matt Brown (drums, percussion, marxophone) and Riaan Vosloo (double-bass, synths, vibraphone).

Available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon

Listen to more of the album at the artist’s Bandcamp page.

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Here’s a video from a few years back, when they were a smaller ensemble and supporting an earlier recording.