TOTW_NÉRIJA-EU (Emotionally Unavailable)

The seven piece band NÉRIJA make some smooth jazz on their record “Blume.”

It’s a great record, with many fantastic tracks. EU stood out on my first listen though due to its composition.

Once over the halfway mark, the track completely changes. Instrumentation falls away to the percussion, which then takes a more forward role in the track with a heavy reverb on the snare and shuffling ghostnotes that slowly crescendo until they become the main driving force for the flute solo.

It’s a bold direction that you rarely hear in jazz, but it really works well on this track. A great demonstration of what makes their music so good; fantastic musicianship, and interesting composition and production decisions that make this track and the album a must listen:


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