thread of rapturous appreciation for Alabaster DePlume

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As praised on the rolling jazz and International Anthem threads, this album is incredibly moving and gorgeous, and I would recommend it to anyone really (i.e., no need to be a "jazz" fan if that's an obstacle): https://intlanthem.bandcamp.com/album/to-cy-lee-instrumentals-vol-1

The PR description on bandcamp is actually quite apt:

DePlume is a Manchester-born, London-based bandleader, composer, saxophonist, activist and orator. He’s a resident at the legendary London creative hub Total Refreshment Centre, a recording artist for the off-grid, Scottish Hebridean island label Lost Map, and now the latest arrival into Chicago-based International Anthem’s growing family of progressive musical explorationists. Whilst much of his music contains vocals – often whispered imperatives – this is a collection of instrumentals, drenched in feeling and recorded over four albums and eight earth years in cities across the UK.

The music of "To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1" contains naturally elegant orchestration wrapped around something visceral and primordial. Swirled inside the 11 pieces are shades of Japanese Min’yo folk, Celtic folk, the Ethio-jazz of saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and hints of the pan-human ‘ancient music’ that sat underneath Arthur Russell’s melodies on First Thought, Best Thought. The music is filled with space, inspired, he says, by computer games and Japanese animation, particularly Joe Hisaishi’s soundtrack for Studio Ghibli’s Castle In The Sky.

rob, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:00 (three weeks ago) link

I'm curious if anyone is familiar with his non-instrumental work?

rob, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:03 (three weeks ago) link

Been listening to this a bunch, it even passed the Sunday morning test with my partner who generally does not enjoy saxophones

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:05 (three weeks ago) link

Really loving this. Thank you.

cooldix, Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:43 (two weeks ago) link

joining in to note that this is an amazing album and very necessary to me just now.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:21 (two weeks ago) link

yeah this album has really helped me over the last week - just feels like an extraordinarily generous and warm album my aoty so far

Mordy, Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:59 (two weeks ago) link

it's really lovely and has taken the groupchat by storm

ogmor, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:01 (two weeks ago) link

I'm curious if anyone is familiar with his non-instrumental work?

Saw him at a London Jazz scene thing at the Barbican and the vocals felt a bit shticky? Very different from this gorgeous instrumental record.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 20 March 2020 09:08 (two weeks ago) link

Visit Croatia is such an unbelievable thing. I can literally feel it in my back every time I put it on. Everything is impacted in my body by those sounds. I don't get it.

Frederik B, Friday, 20 March 2020 10:21 (two weeks ago) link

just had my mind blown when a friend pointed out that I went canvassing with alabaster deplume a few months ago without me knowing who he was. he's the most high energy board runner I have yet encountered

ogmor, Friday, 20 March 2020 12:15 (two weeks ago) link

ha that's amazing! I have been listening to this every day like a ritual

rob, Friday, 20 March 2020 21:42 (two weeks ago) link

Bought the album today on Bandcamp day but couldn't dl so far.

Sund4r, Friday, 20 March 2020 22:32 (two weeks ago) link

This is sooooo goood.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 23 March 2020 09:48 (two weeks ago) link

Love this album!

Tim F, Monday, 23 March 2020 19:50 (two weeks ago) link

Got my vinyl copy in the mail yesterday! Essential quarantine listening.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:42 (two weeks ago) link

"the lucky ones" so peaceful reminds me of walking around the japanese botanical garden in better times and sitting at the koi pond.

Mordy, Sunday, 29 March 2020 17:35 (one week ago) link

this continues to be necessary

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 29 March 2020 19:38 (one week ago) link

cannot wait to have whisky story time with some friends

rob, Sunday, 29 March 2020 22:37 (one week ago) link

This album is so elegant and then there are moments that define “swooning,” it’s astonishing

rob, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:10 (six days ago) link

it's a very beautiful album alright. Any of you lot catch Oneness by his fellow Mancunian traveller Matthew Halsall last year? That's another good one. More like predictably conventional spiritual jazzzzz in it's individual ingredients but still niiice!!

calzino, Thursday, 2 April 2020 23:45 (six days ago) link

I love pretty much everything on this label, but this one has a certain ineffable something that sets it apart. It' a really unique record, and I always fall short when I try to describe it. Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings is still my favorite release on IA (truth be told it's become one of my favorite jazz records of the past ten years), but this LP seems to be appealing to a broader group of people. Then again, I may be just basing that assumption on the seemingly unanimous ILM consensus.

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 3 April 2020 00:26 (five days ago) link


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