When looking for new band or a new album to listen to, you want something that is going to create an impact and stay with you for one reason or another. Today we look at the brand new album by
So firstly, who is Lettuce?
You may not of heard of Lettuce before but they are a gnere defying band that intertwine genres of jazz, soul, hip hop, psychedelic and rock just to name a few. The band is made up of ‘world-class’ musicians and have a variety of backgrounds with various members working with a number or artists including Eminem, Kayne West, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake just to name a few.
Let’s Talk about the album
The album Resonate is the follow up to the 2019 Grammy nominated Elevate. The previous album had over 3 million streams online as well as reaching the number 1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart.
The new album Resonate delves into the world of funk sub-genres whilst also pushing boundaries and exploring new territory. The album has been written and recorded by the same Colorado Sound Studio sessions that also produced Elevate.
Due to the international Pandemic, the album is released today on digital download but there is no news yet as to when it will be released on Vinyl and CD.
Stand Out Tracks on The album
This is the opening track on the album and it has a very smooth feel about it as it intertwines brass instruments with a jolly bassline. It is a song that feels like summer is made for. It is a a very easy song to listen to and usually when there is the word jazz attached to a band it is something that makes you worry you will not like it but this song is fun and a great listen. The funky bassline feels like it is welcoming you into the world of Lettuce and preparing you for what is about to come next. Part of the way through there is a clap style beat that sort of breaks the song into two and creates a really interesting section to the song. You just want to listen to it over and over to hear just what instrument is playing what.
Checker Wrecker feat Jungle Boogie and Big Tony
When songs appear to be really long you worry that they are going to be well, boring after a while to listen to. This is not the case with Lettuce their long songs are some of the best on the album as they may have elements of the same rhyth, the whole way through but they mix it up enough to make them different and exciting to listen to. This song follows the same lines of feeling smooth but has a really exotic drum beat that heightens this song to a whole new level! There are a few words spoken in this track which really work and bring the whole piece together.
Moksha feat Indrajit Banjerjee
This song is completely different to any other track on the album which makes it one of the most interesting. If you want an example as to how Lettuce break down genres and blend them into something new then this is the track you need to listen to. At the beginning of the song is is really mellow and the songs builds gradually which creates this really powerful impact when the beat drops. Listen to this track to really see why this band are Grammy nominees.
This is the last track on the album and the one I find the most surreal. It has a really interesting opening that reminds me of a mix of popcorn and raindrops in the jungle. This is sort of a song that feels like a sensory one you really have to focus and listen on it to really appreciate the levels and depth of complex formation of this song. Whilst this song is not for everyone it is something you should listen to just to hear this progression. Even though the style of the songs isn’t your typical jazz you can hear the way that they have corp-orated the elements of this genre to create something truly unique.
What’s The Verdict?
This album is funky and fun and if you listen to it, you are sure to be put in a good mood. It is a delicate mix of melodies that combine and transform in to sounds and tracks that cannot really be put into one genre as this album has a lot to choose from. Whilst some songs create more of an impact then others as a whole, this album is full of lots of great tracks. There is so many different styles on this album that I am sure that you will be able to find at least one song that suits your taste.