Been trying to catch up after a dizzying few weeks of new releases. Last Friday was just bonkers, with solid or very good albums from Colin Stetson, Willie Nelson, Sylvan Esso, Feist, and Gorillaz, among others, not to mention the Sufjan live album and an Old Crow Medicine Show live set celebrating Blonde on Blonde. (Were all those spaced out over the course of six months, I’d call it a good six months for new music. One day? C’mon.)
Going back a little further, a new Preservation Hall Jazz Band album came out the Friday before that, and it’s excellent as well. It’s being billed as the group’s nod to Cuban influences, and you can certainly feel the rhythm as a focal point. Especially on “La Malanga,” an infectious call-and-response tune with a snare build that could get an EDM fesitval crowd going. Ok, maybe not the Fyre Festival crowd. That might be tough.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band — “La Malanga” [Spotify/iTunes]