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Ebi Soda Drop Second Album 'Honk If You're Sad'

Words by Ursa Gregson

Brighton's Ebi Soda have today released their second album 'Honk If You're Sad' via Tru Thoughts.

Born from ten-hour jam sessions in peeling seaside bedsits, the technical parameters of a bootstrap recording process and the osmotic, multi-genre influence of internet music archives, the quintet have been steady-cultivating a unique sound amidst the exploding UK jazz scene.

In typical Ebi fashion, while recalling jazz pioneers in playing style, Honk If You’re Sad’ draws from a vast network of influences: the Ebi Brain has been marinating in a digital soup of trap, drill, dub, post-punk and no-wave, to name but a few. The result is a mercurial record that beams in psychedelia, dissonance, serene ambient passages, tough, neck-snapping beats and lush textures, all underscored by the intersection of jazz, hip hop and electronic music.

Focus track 'Pseudocreme' is a relentless barrage of bass and drums, a joyride through the new album's influences and an instant earworm at Hideous HQ. The Brighton outfit stay true to their modern jazz chops with the Kokoroko-esque louche horn lines and ethereal, cathedral-filling electric piano, but the track is elevated to a new pitch by the ferocity of the bassline - which is intense enough to make you clench your buttocks just in case and hold on to your skull lest you sustain whiplash from head-bobbing - and the drums, which bely the band's newfound post-punk and krautrock influences and even, at the start of the track, call to mind Bauhaus' 'Bela Lugosi's Dead', something I'm very much down to experience a jazz retelling of....

'Honk If You're Sad' is out now on all streaming platforms as well as limited edition vinyl and cassette - you can view/purchase here


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