A rather quick Organ Thing of The Day while we get ready to open the latest Three x Three Exhibition later tonight here on these pages. Rather like this latest release from the deliciously experimental US jazz-flavoured High Pulp.
“Channelling the playful spontaneity of artists such as Thundercat, experimental jazzers High Pulp return with a brand new single that melds jazz and hip-hop with experimental rock. In-demand bassist MonoNeon features on what is an incredibly funky track.
Originally formed in Seattle but now based in Los Angeles, High Pulp’s brand of experimental jazz often hints at everything from Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to Aphex Twin and My Bloody Valentine. Their well received second album, ‘Pursuit Of Ends’ (2022), balanced meticulous composition with visceral spontaneity and performances that were nothing short of virtuosic, fuelled by raw, ecstatic horn runs ducking and weaving their way around thick bass lines and dizzying percussion.
Today sees the release of a brand single entitled ‘Never In My Short Sweet Life (feat. MonoNeon)’ as the opening salvo from a new album scheduled for the summer. Born Dywane Thomas Jr., MonoNeon is a bassist and experimental musician who has recorded with the likes of Mac Miller, Nas, Ne-Yo and Georgia Anne Muldrow. He was also the last bassist to work with Prince….”
“Never In My Short Sweet Life’ was the most challenging track we have written to date,” states High Pulp drummer Bobby Granfelt. “It had so many iterations and sections, while we kept tweaking it, stripping it down to what we believed was its core, like a whimsical Flying Lotus meets The Beatles psychedelic odyssey. There used to be an outro with a beautiful horn arrangement, but we ended up scrapping it and opted for a modular synth-led ambient outro featuring a baritone guitar (coincidentally owned by labelmate and friend Christian Lee Hutson). Ultimately, however, it has proved to be our most rewarding and collaborative composition.”
The single is accompanied by a rather impressive animated video in which robots can be seen seeking companionship in the desert, we don’t have a credit for the animation, always credit the animator!
LINKS – The Single / the High Pulp Website / Anti Records