Tuesday, May 21, 2024

SML - "Industry"

Photo by Joyce Kim

SML is a quintet consisting of bassist Anna Butterss, synthesist Jeremiah Chiu, saxophonist Josh Johnson, percussionist Booker Stardrum, and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann. Their latest single, "Industry," is jazz, but not the style of jazz that immediately comes to mind. "Industry" is very experimental, and reminds me of when members of Sonic Youth take forays into the genre. There are also elements of artists like Fela Kuti and Can, but if I had to write a pull quote for the album cover, I'd say it sounded like Sonic Youth jamming with Parliament/Funkadelic. If you're the type of person that has never been able to "get" jazz, give this one from SML a chance.

You can listen to "Industry" below. Small Medium Large is due out June 28 on International Anthem, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on SML, check out the artist's profile on International Anthem's website.

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