Music Reviews

Arkestra One

Arkestra One

ESL

Just as hip-hop in the early ’90s brought back the funk, acts such as Koop, Thievery Corporation, and Arkestra One (Matthew Timoney) will expose a new crowd to the wonders of jazz. Timoney, like the aforementioned groups, has a love affair with jazz from the late-‘50s/mid-‘60s and a nearly criminal obsession with that bossa/Brazil ‘66 sound. However, he (and the others) have enough of a hip-hop/dance sensibility to make it feel fresh and exciting and some of the nicest stuff you’ll hear this year.

Arkestra One is a dreamy, airy album, a breezy sedative to whatever ails you. Timoney fills the disc with a carefree groove that relaxes you to the marrow. On his debut he has enlisted the help of Nina Miranda, another disciple of Astrud Gilberto (with a little Bebel thrown in as well). As all Brazilian mavens must sound, so does Miranda. Her vocals are creamy and seductive and warm you in places you thought would always be cold. On “I Really Want You,” Miranda has a somnambulant longing that gently places her vocals over your eyelids and puts a smile on your face. “Train To Machupichu” is a really fun, happy-go-lucky, Zap Mama adventure of a song. The woman’s on six of the eleven tracks here, and each song is fills you with that whipped-cream-with-a-cherry-on-top playful sexiness that we’ve come to expect from the Brazilian female vocalist.

Timoney alone has also crafted some impressive stuff. “Filling it With Sound” sounds like a British Burroughs being backed by The Fifth Dimension. “Man From the Audience” is a jazzy, vibed-out tune with the rantings of a televangelist (I don’t know exactly what to make of the song aside from my liking it). But the coup de grace has got to be “The Sirens,” where Timoney reverberates the air with a heavy bass line and menacing rhythm while he layers female vocal on top of female vocal for a maddening, alluring spell that mysteriously has you crashing into your stereo while listening.

Arkestra One is a truly impressive debut by a name we should look out for. It is intriguing and comforting at the same time and is utterly enjoyable – a good time for those early evenings and late nights when things just aren’t going right. Of course, this is exactly the kind of quality we’ve grown to expect from ESL, isn’t it?

ESL Music: http://www.eslmusic.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Little Feat

Little Feat

Event Reviews

With Miko Marks opening a wonderful evening in Iowa City, Little Feat plunder their back catalog as Jeremy Glazier stands beneath the freak flag.

Meditations on Crime

Meditations on Crime

Print Reviews

Politics is Crime. Crime is Politics. Discuss… Carl F. Gauze reviews Meditations on Crime, the book half of Harper Simon’s super-collaborative art and music project.

Porn and Ice Cream

Porn and Ice Cream

Screen Reviews

Three aimless misfits find themselves a purpose when they unwittingly start a band. It’s not your typical rock story, as Ian Koss explains.

Fire and Iceland

Fire and Iceland

Interviews

New York filmmaker April Anderson talks with Bob Pomeroy about volcanoes, horses, and making documentaries in Iceland.

Best of Film 2022

Best of Film 2022

Screen Reviews

With a year of festival and microcinema screenings behind them, Lily and Generoso select and review their ten favorite films, six supplemental features, and one exceptional repertory release of 2022.

Laura Citarella

Laura Citarella

Interviews

Director Laura Citarella, of the famed filmmaking collective El Pampero Cine, has created with her newest feature Trenque Lauquen a provocative transformation of her protagonist Laura (Laura Parades), whom Citarella first introduced in her 2011 film Ostende. Lily and Generoso enjoyed an in-depth conversation with Citarella about Trenque Lauquen when it screened at AFI Fest 2022.

New Music Now 009: Sleepyhead

New Music Now 009: Sleepyhead

Features

Join us for a new edition of New Music Now, with our special musical guest, Sleepyhead. All three members of the band are school teachers, so you didn’t hear it from us, but there might be a pop quiz about their album New Alchemy after the show.

%d bloggers like this: