Monday, April 04, 2016

GoGo Penguin releases new video ahead of Coachella appearance

Coachella 2016 is fast approaching and there continues to be almost-daily updates about the myriad of talented artists scheduled to perform in Indio later this month.

Below I have included the album cover for GoGo Penguin's most recent album, as well as an embedded link to watch the trio's new music video. 

"GoGo Penguin creates jazz in the same vein as Robert Glasper: It’s a piano-driven blend with all the traditional aspects you’d expect from the genre
while still scanning as something refreshingly vibrant and contemporary. The album comes on the heels of a revival of sorts for jazz music; where artists like
Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington fused the genre with their own blends of rap, rock, electronica and soul.
The success of their respective LPs brought jazz back into mainstream view and made it more accessible for younger listeners.
Man Made Object resides in similar space... an energized sound... the band’s new album takes hold right away and sustains an upbeat groove."

“Their playing centers around delicate piano, which weaves in and out of a tumultuous maelstrom of intense drumming, and a fury that seems to push the limits of what a double bass can achieve....
There’s an almost dangerous kinetic energy to Man Made Object, explaining the “go go!” cry in the group’s name…
a construction of jazz, classical, electronica, and trip-hop building blocks, it flows together naturally.”—SPIN

To ask whether GoGo Penguin plays jazz misses the point of the sense of adventure in contemporary popular music...
Man Made Object finds an acoustic trio performing through-compositions, pieces derived from jams, and songs that began as a series of tones and beats created on sequencing software...
They are experimentalists in pursuit of superior improvisational music. The groove matters most... the trio knows what it’s doing and does it exceptionally well.
Wall Street Journal

“English band Gogo Penguin…played its first-ever New York concert on Saturday at Le Poisson Rouge. The members stayed locked in their grooves,
three young men making music with jazz instruments, rock dynamics and circumscribed dance-music strategies. You’ll soon hear about them.”
NY Times

"Jazz, techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots"
The Guardian

“After turning heads with their superlative Mercury Prize nominated v2.0 in 2013, they've signed to Blue Note and deliver a potent debut for the legendary jazz label
that juxtaposes pastoral lyricism with urban angst… Chris Illingworth's elegant piano work - etching filmic narratives via sweeping, anthemic melodies - is central to the group's aesthetic
but the injection of visceral power by bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner is also a crucial component in the group's alluring sound."

April 16 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
April 21 – Social Hall – San Francisco, CA
April 23 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
April 24 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
April 25 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
April 26 – Cafe 939 – Boston, MA
April 27 – (le) poisson rouge – New York, NY

Watch the intoxicating video for GoGo Penguin's "Branches Break" below:

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