Seventh Shadow of the Sun – s/t

Every free jazz head out there should get to know the stellar new self-titled album by Seventh Shadow of the Sun.

Seventh Shadow of the Sun is a western Maryland-based astral jazz project that defies categorization at every turn. On this record, they combine the mystical presence of spiritual jazz with the cosmic freedom of Sun Ra and the funky rhythms of Lonnie Liston Smith to produce a deeply spacey brew.

The group also incorporates droning electronics and layers of damp reverb, which together help to induce a heavy galactic ambience. Occasionally, the album also features some turntablism-like audio manipulations, which adds a mellow lo-fi hip-hop vibe.

This is a record that doesn’t stand still for too long. If you’re not feeling the sound of one track, just wait until the next tune, as it’ll surely be an entirely different groove altogether (but I am confident that you’ll dig the entire LP from start to finish).

Showing that they can accomplish just about any direction in jazz that they want, Seventh Shadow of the Sun bridges cacophony with harmonious peace and traditional instrumentation with psychedelically-minded experimentalism. Their boundaries are just as cosmically distant as their sound. Rest assured, space is still the place.

Click here to get your copy on cassette and digital today.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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