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Talking Therapy Ensemble

Talking Therapy

    Talking Therapy Ensemble is the latest project from composer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Emma-Jean Thackray, following 2021’s acclaimed debut album Yellow. Talking Therapy Ensemble are something between free-jazz madness and groove, somehow between composition and improvisation, and exist somewhere between the public and the private. Through the cathartic process of improvisation they find a release of stress and suffering - their talking therapy - inspired by the blues, crusty punk, the confessional poets of the 50s and 60s, and artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra Arkestra, Albert Ayler, and Irreversible Entanglements.


    A1 I Didn't Want To Wake Up Today
    B1 Too Much / Too Little
    B2 Panic
    B3 Shh

    Emma-Jean Thackray


      Originally self-released in 2016 and picked up by DJs such as Theo Parrish and Mr Scruff, ‘Walrus’ has achieved cult status among fans and shows the beginnings of Emma’s journey through her early experiments in fusing the brass-band sounds of her youth with psychedelic jazz grooves, establishing her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians whose ambitions go far beyond narrow genre tags. It's no wonder two of Detroit and Manchester's most prolific outsider artists dug this girl - she's freakishly excellent! If you've a penchant for Moon Dog and Sun Ra you simply gotta get this down your ears pronto! Languishing in dissonance and awkward meter, melodies do occassionally permeate through the madness; and there's a slouchy, stoned, carefree atttitude to the piece which actually makes it a lot more enjoyable to listen to than one might expect! A leftfield masterpiece. 


      Baro Bop
      Interlude #1
      Interlude #2
      Birthday Cake
      Interlude #3
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