Another variant strain of the Hills/Goat collective, Sweden’s Djinn trade in a blend of globetrotting and cosmically inclined jazz that, over eight succinct tracks, performs a finely poised balancing act between tasteful restraint and wild abandon. Melding the soundtrack to Noggin the Nog with the moodier recesses of the ECM catalogue, the spiritual ‘Sun Ooze’ provides the gentle introductory offer, presaging the skipping ‘Creator’, with it hints of Minami Deutsch’s ‘Tangled Yarns’. Here the ululating sax and vocals provide topping for a devotional post-Coltrane sound, the exploratory skronking held fast to its mooring by an unfussy, locked-in rhythm section. It’s a more feral cousin of the scene that has also found an unlikely home in the North West of England - think Nat Birchall and Matthew Halsall gone slightly off the rails.
There are distinct nods to Kosmische in its various forms with the title tracks affecting Popul Vuh-style pastoral classicism with it ethereal synth washes, while ‘Nights With Krupi’ is an imagining of how Can might have sounded had they branched into World Music (just waiting to be reminded that they did, and that this sounded nothing like it). ‘Jaguar’ swaps ‘Krupi’s’ trilling flute for tenor sax, the measured approach of the first half becoming ever wilder as the finish line looms into sight...
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