Don’t Miss New Albums Out Today From BrhyM, Kitchen Dwellers, Jacob Collier, Mildlife, Julian Lage & Patrick Sansone

Check out these new releases out today, Friday, March 1.

By Team JamBase Mar 1, 2024 7:00 am PST

Each week Release Day Picks profiles new LPs and EPs Team JamBase will be checking out on release day Friday. This week we highlight new albums by BrhyM (Bruce Hornsby & yMusic), Kitchen Dwellers, Jacob Collier, Mildlife, Julian Lage, and Patrick Sansone. Read on for more insight into the records we have ready to spin.


BrhyM Featuring Bruce Hornsby & yMusic – Deep Sea Vents

Bruce Hornsby and yMusic joined forces under the BrhyM moniker to create their debut collaborative album together, Deep Sea Vents, which was released today through Zappo Productions/Thirty Tigers. The acclaimed pianist/composer and experimental chamber ensemble consisting of Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Nadia Sirota, Gabriel Cabezas, Hideaki Aomori and Alex Sopp teamed up in 2020 for a tour just before the pandemic that led to a pause in live music. Each concert featured a song they composed together as the encore, which became the Deep Sea Vents title track. In the fall of 2020, Moose inquired if Hornsby would be interested in composing more material with yMusic and upon receiving a positive response, Deep Sea Vents was born. Moose sent Hornsby sketches who rapidly returned completed compositions. Hornsby worked in his Williamsburg, Virginia studio while yMusic recorded their parts in New York City. Hornsby and Moose co-produced the record, which includes contributions from saxophonist Branford Marsalis, clarinetist Mark Dover and drummer Chad Wright. Deep Sea Vents is “an album of 10 songs about water and the ways we live with, in or against it.”


Kitchen Dwellers – Seven Devils

Kitchen Dwellers issued new studio album, Seven Devils. The Bozeman, Montana Americana/bluegrass outfit captured Seven Devils at GBP Studios in East Lansing, Michigan with Grammy-winning producer Glenn Brown (Billy Strings, Greensky Bluegrass). Kitchen Dwellers drew inspiration for Seven Devils from Dante’s Divine Comedy. In a similar fashion to the classic work’s voyage through the Nine Circles of Hell, each track on Seven Devils represents one of the Seven Deadly Sins. The “Seven Devils” concept has also cropped up in the band’s travels, which further influenced the record.

“We’ve had the song ‘Seven Devils’ for a few years now,” guitarist Max Davies told JamBase. “That was actually written during the pandemic. The song almost went on our previous record Wise River. For whatever reason, we decided to hang on to it. We thought that it would be better served for a future project.

“So then we started writing songs for this new album. We just knew that we wanted to come out with another record. We thought that if the previous album was about the natural environment, on this new one, we wanted to dive a little bit deeper within ourselves. Coming out of the pandemic, the world is an ever-changing place. So I think we really just kind of wanted to dive deep and think about the human condition.

“Everyone in the band writes songs. All four of us write music and lyrics. So it was a fun thing to work on together. [Then banjo player Torrin Daniels] had this thought of — I think it just popped in his head one day — he was like ‘Dante’s Inferno, The Seven Deadly Sins,’ because some of these songs already had elements of that.”


Jacob Collier – Djesse Vol. 4

Multi-talented musician Jacob Collier issued the final installment in his landmark album series, Djesse Vol. 4, today via Hajanga/Decca/Interscope. Collier launched the multiple-Grammy-winning Djesse series with the first volume in 2018. Second and third volumes followed in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The sprawling 16-track fourth and final volume features many special guests, including John Mayer, Brandi Carlile, Chris Thile, Steve Vai, Michael McDonald, Chris Martin, Lawrence, Anoushka Shankar, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Kirk Franklin, Stormzy, Tori Kelly, Sho Madjozi, Aespa, Yelle, Voces8, D Smoke and The Metropole Orkest. Collier detailed the massive project’s final entry, stating:

“Five years ago, in the wake of a musical journey that had begun in solitude, I set out on an epic adventure with a big dream – a collaborative quadruple album, and by way of that – to learn music, and life, from the greatest teachers of all – my heroes.

“In many ways, Djesse Vol. 4 is an album that’s taken me 30 years to make. It is, to me, a celebration of humankind – the way that I see it and hear it, built with musicians from every corner of the world. To be culminating this collaborative experiment with a 100,000 voice audience-choir, a sound that permeates the heart of this album, feels like I’ve found the heart of it. My voice is only ever as full as the voices around me. Everyone is welcome, and part of the tapestry. And most of all, creating this album has reminded me that life is full of magic, if only we can remember to look for it in each other.”


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Mildlife – Chorus

Australian psychedelic jazz rockers Mildlife landed their third studio album, Chorus, which arrived today through Heavenly Recordings. The group consisting of bassist Tomas Shanahan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin McDowell, drummer Jim Rindfleish and guitarist Adam Halliwell previously issued 2017’s Phase and 2020’s Automatic. Their third record, the seven-song Chorus, features contributions from longtime collaborator Craig Shanahan adding percussion elements.

Chorus is about a coming together of disparate elements,” Rindfleish stated. “Not in some sort of utopian aesthetic where everything works perfectly, but in the natural flow and state of things. It’s about cosmic compatibility and chemistry: what makes things work? Not just what makes the band work, but what makes good music, art or love? It’s the rhythm of nature.”

“It’s knowing that all the pieces of our own puzzles can slot neatly into a bigger one,” Shanahan added. “We had this idea that we wanted to create a kind of disparate ecosystem of living things. We liked the idea of creating a small metaphor of moving through space. You see moments of things and sounds that may not emerge again, until everything around you starts to unify.”


Julian Lage – Speak To Me

https://speaktome.bandcamp.com/album/speak-to-me

Skilled guitarist Julian Lage released his fourth album on the venerable Blue Note Records label, Speak To Me. The new record sees Lage recording solo, as a duo, with his regular trio bandmates (bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King) and in expanded configurations with keyboardists Kris Davis and Patrick Warren and woodwinds played by Levon Henry. The record is described as “a series of dispatches from his ongoing search for narrative beyond words. Intimate in tone and capacious in intention, the music travels a wide range of American music, and delights in the deliberate crossing of wires between gospel hymn and rural blues, California singer-songwriter sunshine and skronky jazz.” The 13-track LP was produced by Joe Henry, the acclaimed musician whose production work includes Allen Toussaint and Solomon Burke, among many others.

“Ever so discreetly, he would guide things,” Lage said of working with Henry. “Joe holds a space for things to happen. Sometimes that means getting everyone out of the way, or protecting the tune from someone getting in the way. It’s like he had a forcefield around the project.”


Patrick Sansone – Infinity Mirrors

Infinity Mirrors is the debut solo album from Wilco multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone. Released through Centripetal Force, Infinity Mirrors is made up of six, improvised, ambient instrumentals recorded by Sansone using an array of vintage synthesizers from his personal collection. Among the instruments Sansone played were the Roland Jupiter-8, MiniMoog Model D, and Sequential Circuits Prophet-10, as well as the modern Mellotron D4000 and Teenage Engineering OP1. Sansone started working on the project in 2017, but a busy touring schedule (he’s also a member of The Autumn Defense with Wilco’s John Stirratt) and other conflicts pushed the recordings to the shelf, where they stayed until Sansone revisited them in 2021. The spark to complete the album came when Sansone saw a photograph by John Pfahl in his book Altered Landscapes. When he encountered Pfahl’s photo titled “Salt Lake Angles” he heard in his head, “This is the cover to your unfinished album!,” which later came to fruition. According to the album’s description:

The ideas behind what has become Infinity Mirrors have been brewing for several years. Patrick’s plan had always been to use his ever growing stable of synthesizers in some sort of project, but it wasn’t until 2017 that these ideas really started to come together. His goal was not to sit down and record an album. It was more of a desire to engage with new creative processes, an effort to recapture the spirit and energy he enjoyed when he first discovered synthesizers.

To accomplish this, Pat established a set of expectations around which he would record. Central to his expectations was the idea that all of the pieces would be spontaneously created. He decided the instruments needed to be the ones to lead the recording sessions. Pat arranged several synthesizers from his collection in the studio and set aside a series of evenings for recording. This would allow each composition to retain its own unique mood and identity. Pat simply entered the room and allowed his instruments to draw him in. There was no planning ahead. It was simply improvisation in its purest form, what he has called “sonic sand- painting.” And as a result, four of the six pieces on Infinity Mirrors were recorded during these sessions.

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