Earlier this year, London, UK-based octet Crowd Company, released their Alan Evans-produced record, Lowdown, which The Big Takeover lauded as an album "that bursts at the sonic seams with rich, vibrant, and varied compositions." While acid jazz-tinged track "Orbital" was not included as part of the record's release, the single was recorded during the same sessions at Evans' Iron Wax Studios while Lettuce's Ryan Zoidis and Eric "Benny" Bloom were in attendance.
The eccentric, intergalactic track takes jazz into a spacey territory, bridging a gap between the genre and contemporary electronic music. With the help of Zoidis' signature electronic treatments throughout the 5:29 odyssey, the track's ambient, psychedelic jazz breaks down genre-defining barriers and brings the band into uncharted, cosmic territory.
More About Crowd Company:
Crowd Company evokes the spirit of the 1960s and 1970s with a dynamic and colorful palette of sonic exploration. With three vocalists among the eight-membered band, lead vocal parts shift seamlessly and three-part vocal harmonies are often incorporated into the mix. What sets them apart, however, is their deep, in-the-pocket grooves with overriding catchy hooks making anyone in earshot quick to sing along. Comprised of core members Rob Fleming (vocals, guitar), Emil Engstrom (bass), Claudio Corona (keys), Esther Dee (vocals), Jo Marshall (vocals) and Robin Lowrey (drums)—supplemented by a horn section including such top players as Piers Green and Ed Benstea—Crowd Company is just as much a powerhouse on stage as they are in the studio. To date, the band has shared stages with and opened for acts such as George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Daptone Records’ Saun & Starr, James Taylor Quartet and Monophonics.