In continuing a journey through the avant-garde style melding a genres, Fogh Depot releases a highly off-kilter 7-track offering. Comprised of mainly nu-jazz, modern classical and electronic experimentalism, Turmalinurm is a wondrous and sprawling mix of drone, noise and melancholic melody
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Straight outta Moscow, it’s Russian trio Fogh Depot with some soothing/doomy jazzual sounds to caress your ears these coming wintry nights. Two tracks in, I can tell you I am genuinely excited about this record. I abso-bloody-lutely love it. Why? So many reasons already, but don’t worry I won’t keep them to myself.
Kicking off with ‘Quicksilver Spoon’, the guys immediately go all Portico Quartet ‘Knee Deep in the North Sea’ on us. Atmospheric electro-acoustic sounds lurk texturally as low, haunting strings hang like a heavy fog, then the most gorgeous drums and acoustic bass bring in the twilit rhythm and radiant sax sends us hazily into a nocturnal dream. What follows, in ‘Oscar’, is set to send us deeper into their nighttime world. I am reminded of the slow-stepping doom jazz of Bohren und der Club of Gore; but oh those woodwind textures are perfect! Piano and baritone saxophone provide the backdrop for lilting flute and then the synth motif and live drums come in, counterpointed by cello to soothe you at the end of a hard day at the office.
‘Who The Last Says No’ features the most satisfyingly mesmeric ensemble playing I have heard in a very long time. Just a clarinet, piano and drums: simple but perfect. Elsewhere there are plenty of moments of luxurious slow jazz jams bejewelled with starlit electronics, melancholic bass and stellar drums. Do yourself a favour and dive into this sound as soon as you can; the water is surprisingly warm.
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