Department ~ Late Nights

a closer listen

Department“As soon as I heard jazz, I knew it was the music for me.”  Late Nights is a lovely little tape, a love letter to jazz via electronics and sampling.  The set contains a clear narrative arc, represented by dialogue snippets that begin with one man’s introduction to jazz and end with an encore dedication in a jazz club.  The middle section is peppered with brief outtakes of musicians speaking about their craft, as well as a brief prison interview.  Even the non-jazz references speak jazz, with a free flowing style and riffing nature.

The form chosen by Melbourne’s Department (Adam Kyriakou) is similar to Botany, Fold and Public Service Broadcasting, in that the words and music are smartly embedded in sharp, head-nodding beats.  “I would like to be able to produce a more beautiful sound”, an old, unnamed narrator intones on the title track.  This combination accomplishes the…

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