Power music has long been known for bringing people together, but British jazz star Emma-Jean Thackeray’s debut album, with its spiritual, hippie-esque qualities, radiates a sense of unity that few other records mustered. can; She does it honestly and without an air of hype.
With a strong sense of community at its core – an ethos running through the UK jazz scene – the connectivity to the dancefloor-angled ‘Yellow’ is poignant especially considering the past 18 months. This aligns perfectly with the Yorkshire-born London-based polymath’s description that it is a record “about the unity of all things in the universe, showing love and kindness”. Again, it is fitting that Thackeray created it with the mindset of trying to encourage a psychedelic experience that reveals a hidden dimension. A follow-up to her ‘Rain Dance’ EP (which Ranked as one of the best EP releases of 2020), and having been releasing music for over half a decade (including a collaboration with iconic jazz label Blue Note), “Yellow” clearly draws on Thackeray’s crystal clear artistic vision. stretches out.
The record – which is beneficial to both newcomers and devotees of the genre alike – exhibits the transcendental and transporting qualities Thackeray aims to showcase. The shimmering hi-hats, shimmering cymbals and jazzy keys of the opener ‘Mercury’ rise to a cosmic journey to the Enlightenment, before a passionate plea on ‘Say Something’ prompts those seeking to put meaning in their own words, Not just in quantity: “Open your eyes, before you open your mouth; Open your heart to open your mind.” She urinates before irresistible keys and a funky bassline pairs perfectly with her impressive vocal range. Later, ‘Venus’ serves as an evocative guiding light and the half-baked haze of ‘Golden Green’ fades into ‘Third Eye’ and ‘Our People’.
Released on Thackeray’s own label, Movement, ‘Yellow’, is a truly life-affirming collection that helps those who need to hang onto the idea of dim lighting at the very end, very dark tunnel; “Golden days are coming” She emphasizes on the shining ‘Sun’. Even if only for an hour, Thackeray wants your troubles to be forgotten, as the chiming gong and chant-based sound bath ‘May There Be Peace’ complete the journey to a new utopia.
- Release Date: July 23
- Record Label: protest