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Albums Of The Week: Under The Reefs Orchestra | Sakurajima

The Belgian instrumental trio hit the sweet spot between post-rock, jazz and more.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Under the Reefs Orchestra is a volcanic power trio that navigates between hypnotic post rock and stormy jazz. Grasping for the infinite and always threatening total combustion, their music finds its cruising speed in the storm of permanent upheaval.

Based in Brussels and led by guitarist Clément Nourry, the group also includes saxophonist Marti Melia and drummer Jakob Warmenbol, both of them members of the punk jazz band Don Kapot. These three musicians have worked extensively throughout the kinetic Brussels music scene, and bring their unique individual voices together in an improvised and free form style.

Under the Reefs Orchestra follow up their eponymous 2020 debut album with Sakurajima, an album which evokes images and textures that are both apocalyptic and divine and echoes the contemporary chaos that surrounds us all. But neither is their music ‘commentary’, and its instrumental quality functions equally as an escape. Sakurajima is led by the guitar work of Nourry while also allowing generous space for the dynamic saxophone work of Melia, and is as much 19th-century chamber music as it is Jim O’Rourke, Soundgarden, King Crimson, or Morphine. The immediacy of Under the Reefs Orchestra’s music allows the listener to freely seize a profusion of moods and states of being.”