The Well by saQi
The Jumpsuit crew gets stronger with each passing day. We all knew Luke Solman had the touch when Quest’s End dropped last year, but what we didn’t realize was how pervasive the The Polish Ambassador’s favorite trumpet player in steering the sound of the entire label.
saQi’s latest studio effort, The Well, has such an earthy hip-hop feel, you start to identify that signature sound across TPA’s material, as well as that of Wildlight, and the most recent release from David Block, a.k.a. The Human Experience. The latter demonstrates the budding relationship between himself and Solman with a couple of gems on the album that contain such grin-inducing funk and groove that it’s impossible not to break into dance wherever you might be. Avoid the pharmacy if you’ve got this in your headphones.
The light funkiness of the album, coupled with Solman’s trumpet, muted or otherwise, evokes this odd imagery, antithetical to steampunk, where the brash brass of the headier numbers puts 1920’s flappers out in the redwoods of northern California gazing at the foliage and doing their weird dances. Maybe saQi’s working on creating a brand new flavor of hipster. The Charleston chupacabra.
saQi and The Human Experience hit Stonehouse in Nevada City tonight as part of their dual album-release party, and continue on tour from there–trumpet in tow. Pay what you want, but make sure you snag this album.
~ Anand Harsh