During the melancholic doldrums of the early pandemic, a group of renowned Denver-based funk, jazz, jam, soul and electronic musicians formed BTTRFLY Quintet: a futuristic soul-jazz fusion collective driven to bring music and joy back to daily life.
Comprised of Grammy-winning Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom, Grammy-nominated Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch, Pretty Lights and Break Science collaborator Borahm Lee, Big Gigantic producer and saxophonist Dominc Lalli, and Break Science bassist/visual artist Hunter Roberts, the supergroup began by playing for thirty-seven people in a COVID restricted Cervantes Ballroom, and has since fledged its wings with performances at Florida’s Branquility Festival and Denver’s art experience space Meow Wolf.
The band filters jazz through their own unique, shared musical languages, having sprouted from their cocoons of isolation and transformed into a new sonic entity dedicated to spreading beauty throughout the world.
Now, BTTRFLY Quintet unleashes their debut single, “Coast,” the title track from their forthcoming album which will release on Friday, November 4. Full of grand instrumentation and lush textures, “Coast” hints at an LP full of adventurous, improvisational, and futuristic soul-jazz.
Featuring warm, raw production and a rich world of affected instrumental timbres,“Coast” sits between being reminiscent of classic funk/soul records of the 1970s as well as something undeniably modern.
With playful, subtle musicianship in the spotlight, the song perfectly captures the feel and energy of witnessing an air-tight rhythm section in a live setting. Melodic horn lines, rich harmony, experienced funk songwriting and immersive improvisations take the listener on a dynamic and well-crafted journey, shepherded along by a wealth of satisfying, danceable grooves.
BTTRFLY Quintet will showcase their elegant musical colors at their Coast Album Release Party on Friday, November 4 at Denver’s Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Tickets on sale now.