Lund Quartet: New Single & Competition To Win Tickets For Their Upcoming London Show
Today we’re not only introducing you too the new track by Bristol based experimental jazz cum trip hoppers Lund Quartet but we’re also affording you a chance to win tickets to an upcoming headlining gig by the band down in old London town. Read on for details.
If there’s two genres that tend to get overlooked by a lot of the contemporary music press it’s jazz & turntablism. Certainly that’s the case with Louder Than War anyway. It’s not something we’re proud of, obviously, & it’s certainly not something we’ve engineered – it’s just that we don’t get approached by people who want to write about either genres really. Catch 22 situation I guess, if we don’t write about a certain genre then fans of that genre aren’t going to read Louder Than War & if fans of that genre don’t read Louder Than War they aren’t going to think “hmmm, I wonder if Louder Than War would like to employ me to wax lyrical about that genre”.
Anyway, in time honoured “killing two birds with one stone” fashion it now gives me great pleasure to be able to buck the trend of no jazz or turntablism on Louder Than War by introducing you to the fabulous Lund Quartet, a band whose 2012 album not only cropped up in our albums of the year list, but which also combines both jazz & turntablism. With, I might add, considerable aplomb.
The band are about to release a new single on the 6th May & have a few dates lined up to coincide with it. They’ve kindly granted us a pair of tickets to give away in a competition too, details of which can be found below. But before we go any further why not take a listen, by way of this new video, to the single Sequoia:
Fans of the band (and their first album) will recognise the single, Sequoia, as it was the first track off said album. The track is a lovely, laid back, chilled & evocative number seemingly influenced as much by trip hop (we are in Bristol after all) as leftfield jazz. One might consider it “experimental” in that it’s not exactly traditional “jazz” but it’s certainly not experimental in a “difficult” sense of the word. Indeed, it’s a number to sit back & languish in & requires minimum effort (“for maximum pleasure”, as they say). The presence of turntablism in it is understated & whereas one may find it hard to imagine the two (jazz & turntablism) fitting together well, once heard (or, even better, seen live) it makes perfect, sublime even, sense, & has an almost hypnotic feel.
There’s a careful, well engineered balance at play in the band’s music, but also, when seen live, one gets to also enjoy playful improvisation, as one would expect with a band who borrow from jazz roots. This is where the cleverness of the single comes in. It manages to introduce you to every side of the band by including not only the original track (the radio edit), but also a live version which skitters about & brings to the fore the bands other secret weapon, the theremin. Also on the EP is the inevitable remix, this one by the London based production duo Figures which manages to return you to mulling on the music’s roots & leads you to conclude that Bristol’s bass culture probably had some influence on the band.
The band have been together for five tears now and according to the press release ” their unique approach to music blends the space of the Scandinavian Jazz scene with the creative opportunities of subtle turntablism”. Not knowing anything about the Scandinavian Jazz scene my interest, and hopefully yours too, will be piqued by the Lund Quartet & will send you scurrying off to investigate further.
The first time I fell under the band’s spell was only a year ago during record store day while they were playing a set in Bristol’s much loved record shop cum book shop cum live music venue cum cafe cum vintage clothes shop probably cum an awful lot more Rise Records. It was classic weather for them; sultry, balmy & very laid back. They’re playing there again this year so if in Bristol I suggest you pop along – details of this date & a couple of others below.
April 20th Rise Records, Bristol – Record Store Day in store gig
April 28th Kings Place, London. (Headline show). Tickets can be bought HERE.
May 9th – Bristol, Colston Hall (Supporting Kit Downes) Tickets for which can be bought HERE.
The competition we’re running is for a pair of tickets for the Headline show in London. To enter simply answer this question:
What number was Lund Quartet’s album in Louder Than War’s end of year (2012) chart?
Answers should be submitted to email@example.com. Please put “Lund Quartet Comp” as the subject.
Terms and conditions:
- Closing date is midnight on 24th April 2013.
- The prize is for one pair of tickets.
- The prize does not include travel or hotel.
- Please make sure you can attend before entering.
- There is no cash alternative to the prize offered.
- Editors decision is final.