Polar Bear: In Each and Everyone – album review
Polar Bear – In Each and Everyone (The Leaf Label)
CD/ LP/ DL
British experimental jazz band Polar Bear released their new album at the end of March and Adrian Bloxham has been listening to it for Louder Than War.
I think it’s what’s underneath that gets you, the static and hiss of electronic experimentation, the washes of noise that sit beneath the sublime laid back saxophone on ‘Open See’. The discord of ‘They’re All Ks and Qs’ and the finishing touch of that odd sample. How the trip hop beats of ‘Lost in Death pt 2’ open up a new groove before the sound spirals away. The industrial electronic rumbles add to the jazz styling of the traditional instruments and sometimes almost replace them.
I really like the way the tracks open out to you. None of them seem really long but when you realise that you’ve been listening to ‘Sometimes’ for eight odd minutes it does come as a surprise. The music flows, jazz does that, slips around and over you then suddenly you realise that an hour has gone by and all you’ve done is immerse yourself in the sound.
In Each and Everyone isn’t like much music I’ve listened to, it’s a new sound for me and as such is refreshing and pretty damn cool. It seems like an album for the present, not harking back to the past and not heading too far into the future, just right now. It is effortless and laid back, even when all hell seems to break loose in ‘life and death’.
Polar Bear have made an album to put on when there is an hour you don’t mind leaving behind, it’s one to sit back and listen to as it flows in and out and around you.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.