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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.

    TRACK LISTING

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

    The debut album by Emma-Jean Thackray feels exactly like the sort of thing we’ve been longing for over the last 12 months: a transcendent, human, shared experience. Across its 49 minutes, "Yellow" draws glowing lines between ‘70s jazz fusion and P-Funk, the cosmic invocations of Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane, and the gorgeous orchestration of the Beach Boys.

    "I wanted the whole thing to sound like a psychedelic trip,” explains Thackray. “You put on the first track, it takes you through this intense experience for almost an hour, and then you emerge on the other side transformed.” The result is an album that speaks the language of positivity, as rich lyrically as it is musically. You might best understand what Thackray does through reference to auteur figures like Brian Wilson or Madlib, who straddle instrumentation, arrangement and production in order to bring the sound in their head to fruition.

    As a composer, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, Emma is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM. Production credits and collaborations include the likes of Squid, Makaya McCraven, BLU and Pinty.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Emma-Jean Thackray is one of the leading lights in the movement of London-based musicians leading the jazz revival. Though she was born in Yorkshire, her sound has encompassed elements of the R&B and electronic elements the nu-jazz scene has been known for. 'Yellow' is beyond even that, swimming with influence from afrobeat, tropicalia and funk into a rich and mindblowing juxtaposition of tight groove and improvisational flow. A hugely important and wildly satisfying gem.

    TRACK LISTING

    Vinyl Tracklist:
    A1 - Mercury
    A2 - Say Something
    A3 - About That
    B1 - Venus
    B2 - Green Funk
    B3 - Third Eye
    B4 - May There Be Peace
    C1 - Sun
    C2 - Golden Green
    C3 - Spectre
    D1 - Rahu & Ketu
    D2 - Yellow
    D3 - Our People
    D4 - Mercury (In Retrograde)

    CD / Digital Tracklist:
    01 - Mercury
    02 - Say Something
    03 - About That
    04 - Venus
    05 - Green Funk
    06 - Third Eye
    07 - May There Be Peace
    08 - Sun
    09 - Golden Green
    10 - Spectre
    11 - Rahu & Ketu
    12 - Yellow
    13 - Our People
    14 - Mercury (In Retrograde)


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