Tuesday 21 November 2023

You'll have noticed from SM postings that Wah Wah 45s head honcho has been smoching around various northern European locations with Norway's finest, Espen Horne.

Little wonder as these two go back a long way and the label is releasing Horne's first solo album for yonks.

As you might guess from the cover, it's very much in the northern folky landscape of his roots together with the soul-jazz-Latin-hip-hop influences that he's lived with for decades.

We loved the single that came out, 'Bergen Sunrays' featuring Selim Mutic (see review HERE) but you're not going to get stuck in a genre groove here.

Not sure that you can put a track like 'Belle Époque' into any one 'bag' but I'm thinking 
mark the bag up as 'brilliant'.

And then 'Den Franske Gitaren' (featuring Aich) is in English on a jazzy post-dn'b jazz tip that's
followed by 'Don't Fall Asleep' as a soul-reggae track as it features Faye Houston (of 
Resonators fame who have released no less than 3 stunning albums on Wah Wah 45s).

But if there is a stand out track(s), it's the tracks that feature Olav Wöllo's 'tropicallia' that's kinda 60s Jazzanova but totally intoxicating atmospheric jazz-folk?

Long time fans like Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles and Robbie Vincent as now joined by the 
next generation of influencers like Cerys Matthews, Deb Grant/Tom Ravenscroft as it's 
definitely, the best time to investigate 'The Anatomy Of Serene Eloquence'; don't fall asleep on this one! 

Artist: Espen Horne
Release: The Anatomy Of Serene Eloquence
Release Date: 17th November, 2023
Label: Wah Wah 45s
Catalog Number: Digital / BANDCAMP


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