Mammal Hands, Captured Spirits  
Mammal Hands
Captured Spirits
GBR 2xLP 
Label: Gondwana Records
Release Year: 2020
Style: Jazz & Blues
 
  Tracks  
  1. Ithaca
2. Chaser
3. Late Bloomer
4. Versus Shapes
5. Spiral Stair
6. Floating World
7. Riddle
8. Rhizome
9. Shoreless
11. Little One
 
  "The semi-classical drums/sax/piano trio Mammal Hands mutate into a high-volume rave act" The Guardian

Mammal Hands are pleased to announce the release of their highly anticipated fourth album 'Captured Spirits', released 11thSeptember via Manchester tastemaker record label, Gondwana Records.

Consisting of saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and tabla player Jesse Barrett, the trio have forged a growing reputation for their hypnotic fusion of jazz and electronica and have recieved glowing recommendations from the likes of The Guardian and Gilles Peterson. Drawing on their love of electronic, contemporary classical, world, folk and jazz music, Mammal Hands take in influences including Pharoah Sanders,Gétachèw Mekurya, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Sirishkumar Manji.

Forming in Norwich in 2012, brothers Nick and Jordan along with Jesse, developed their distinctive and polished sound with their meteoric live shows and release of three critically acclaimed albums: 'Animalia' (2014), 'Floa' (2016) and 'Shadow Work (2017). Landmark live performances have included shows at The Roundhouse London, the main stage at Field Day Festival, La Cigale Paris, Montreal Jazz Festival, Hamburg Elb Jazz, Athens Technopolis and Unit Tokyo.

Teaming up once again with trusted producer George Atkins (Wiley, The Courteeners) at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester, 'Captured Spirits' explores themes including existence and displacement. "The name has multiple readings but was first inspired by something Jordan was reading about past experiences of ancestors being caught and coded into our DNA and having an effect on who you are today. This ties in with themes that we have touched on before relative to identity and the collective unconscious ('Shadow Work'). It also toys with the idea of feeling contained/trapped and the need to break out of something and also the idea of people being spirits that are "captured" in a body",says Nick.

Opening with the melodic rhythmic patterns of 'Ithaca', the tempo picks up with the mesmerising 'Chaser', as heavy percussion and Nick's frenetic keys draw the listener deep into Mammal Hand's distinctive soundsphere. North Indian influences dictate the meditative 'Versus Shapes' with Jesse's transcendental tabla playing taking centre stage while the dark and moody 'Spiral Stair' relies on a multitude of colliding and intersecting shapes and sounds.

All three members of the band contribute equally to the writing process: one that favours the creation of a powerful group dynamic over individual solos. "I think with this record, there was a strong and renewed sense of collective enjoyment and appreciation for the process and each other's contributions. After a long period of touring and a slow build up to the actual recording sessions we were able to mull over ideas for long periods, build on lessons from the past and pull our playing connection to an even deeper place. Realising each other's visions for the whole and clearly understanding how they intersect", says Jesse.

That vision is also realised by longtime collaborator and artist Daniel Halsall who designed the artwork for 'Captured Spirits'. His strong instinctive feel for the band's visual world is a key component to understanding the music. "Our work with Dan over such a long period of time now has become integral to the bands aesthetic and he always seems to grasp the themes and ideas that we send for each album and distills them into something striking and engaging that really complements the music. This is really important with instrumental music, as we need to be able to convey our ideas without being too literal or definitive and give the listeners space for imagination and to take their own journey when they listen to the music and look at the artwork", says Jordan.

Elsewhere across 'Captured Spirits', 'Riddle' and 'Rhizome' are rich in texture and heavy on groove and both compositions showcase a complex, emotional range and demonstrate three like-minded musicians with a dazzling understanding of jazz, electronica and cinematic rhythms. "Music has the capacity to fill so many spaces in our lives, as I think fundamentally it is a more direct form of communication than even language. In this way it can be refuge, it can be social, it can be revelatory, it can be memory, it can be what we need at a given point in time", says Jordan.

The high intensity of the trio's live shows is recreated with the spiritual jazz-influenced 'Into Sparks' as Jordan's sax exhibits an unrestrained energy and freedom but it's left to 'Little One' to bring down the curtain on arguably their most accomplished album to date, a soothing, breezy gift to Jesse's new daughter.

Gondwana Records is an independent record label founded by Matthew Halsall in 2008. The label has gone on to release music by, Allysha Joy, GoGo Penguin, Hania Rani, Matthew Halsall, Phil France, Portico Quartet and Sunda Arc.
 
      Wish List  
  Price: CHF 36.00   Currently not on stock!
Please check back later or call us for more information:
+41 (0)43 322 02 04
 
  Releases of the same artist  
  Mammal Hands, Floa  
Mammal Hands
Floa
[Gondwana Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 31.00 Restocking!
 
  Releases of the same label  
  Dwight Trible With Matthew Halsall, Inspirations  
Dwight Trible With Matthew Halsall
Inspirations
[Gondwana Records]
GBR 2xLP  Wish List
CHF 30.00 Restocking!
 
  Gogo Penguin, V2.0  
Gogo Penguin
V2.0
[Gondwana Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 31.00 Restocking!
 
  Matthew Halsall, Oneness  
Matthew Halsall
Oneness
[Gondwana Records]
GBR 3xLP  Wish List
CHF 44.00 Restocking!
 
  Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra, When The World Was One  
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
When The World Was One
[Gondwana Records]
GBR 2xLP  Wish List
CHF 37.00 Restocking!
 
  Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra, Fletcher Moss Park  
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
Fletcher Moss Park
[Gondwana Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 34.00 Restocking!
 
Akira Freeze
Tell Me Baby
[Athens Of The North]
Arp Frique
Minina Bem Li
[Rush Hour]
Azymuth
As Curvas Da Estrada De Santos
[Far Out Recordings]
Barry Cleveland
Stones Of Precious Water
[Morning Trip]
Budos Band
Long In The Tooth
[Daptone Records]
Chêne Noir
Orphee 2000
[Heavenly Sweetness]
Colored Music
Heart Beat
[Rush Hour Japan]
Derboukas
Camel Bossa
[Pepite]
E.S. Funk
Funny Feeling
[Athens Of The North]
Frank Pisani
Please Don't Make It Funky
[Pepite]
Freddie Gibbs And The Alchemist
Alfredo
[ALC Records]
Gaston
My Queen (Ltd. Hand Numbered LP) (RSD20)
[Soul Brother]
Giuseppe Leonardi
Mentemente
[Second Circle ]
Harold Lucious
Reconnected
[Mixed Signals]
Iron Wig
Your Birthday's Cancelled
[Mello Music Group]
Jabee
The World Is So Fragile And Cruel I'm Glad I Got You
[Fivese7en Collective]
Jean Kefta & Max Houmous
Humus Per Tutti
[Humus Per Tutti]
Jonus Eric
Pentagon Palette
[Glowing Pin]
Juga-Naut
BEM
[Daupe!]
Juice Wrld
Legends Never Die
[Grade A Productions]
Kino-Moderno
Kino-Moderno
[Rush Hour Japan]
Laraaji
Moon Piano
[All Saints]
Larry Heard
Sceneries Not Songs Vol. 1
[Alleviated Records]
Mameen3
Incunabula EP
[Planet Trip]
Manfredo Fest
Brazilian Dorian Dream
[Far Out Recordings]
Master Plan
Electric Baile/Pushin' Too Hard (Remastered Edits)
[Running Back]
Mildlife
Automatic
[Heavenly Recordings]
Millos Kaiser
Lies-Blk-11
[L.I.E.S.]
Minoru Fushimi
Hakodate Lady
[Left Ear Records]
Natural Wild
Hot & Sexable - Morgan Buckley Mixes
[All City Records]
Ofege
Try And Love
[Imara]
Okvsho
Kamala's Danz
[Boyoom Connective ]
Paul Robinson
Come On Sister
[Emotional Rescue]
Penny Penny
Yogo Yogo
[Awesome Tapes From Africa]
Pete Rock
80 Blocks Instrumentals
[Soul Brother]
Pratt & Moody
Wheels Turning
[Timmion Records]
Prins Emanuel
Gli Ornamenti...
[Fasaan Records]
Sa-Roc
The Sharecropper's Daughter
[Rhymesayers]
Satoshi & Makoto
CZ-5000 Sounds & Sequences Vol. 2
[Safe Trip]
Sauce81
I Wanna Show You
[Beyond Space And Time]
Skyzoo
Milestones
[Mello Music Group]
Special Touch
Garden Of Life
[Heels And Souls Recordings]
Specter
Dreamscape
[Into The Deep]
Suso Saiz & Suzanne Kraft
Between No Things
[Music From Memory]
The Leaders
(It's A) Rat Race
[Athens Of The North]
The Whole Truth
Lord, Quench My Soul (Original Mix)
[Parkway Records]
Tolouse Low Trax
Jumping Dead Leafs?
[Bureau B]
Upstairs
It's Hard To Get In The Showbiz
[The Artless Cuckoo]
V/A
Baker's Dozen XIII
[Fat Beats]
V/A
New Horizons
[Afrosynth]
  1. Andreas Hofer
Tonträger
 
  2. LX72
New Affinty
 
  3. Preservation
Eastern Medicine, Western Illness
 
  4. Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike)
Run The Jewels 4
 
  5. Las Raices
Gentrified
 
  6. Conway
50 Round Drum (RSD 2020)
 
  7. Phi-Psonics
The Cradle
 
  8. Pratt & Moody
Wheels Turning
 
  9. Rubba / The Roger Webb Sound
Way Star
 
  10. Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Roy Ayers
Roy Ayers