This one's a bit of a monster, sort of a dump of scattered musical ideas that just happens to work. Jesse Johnson's (a.k.a. Gulls) trumpet here is the track's bloodline, a recurring, kinda corny (read: detective movie score) theme that pokes through heavy, echoing beats, while a xylophone twinkles around its edges and a ragged bass growls at its feet. The whole thing bounces along pretty roughly like that for a few minutes 'till the beat drops out, the atmospherics kick in for a last stretch before the 'surprise' ending. Though, Johnson's an improv guy at heart, so really, it shouldn't be.
Gulls play tonight at Holocene with (((in mono))), Break Character and Spirit Animal. Free. 21+.
Photo: from Gullspace