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Adult Jazz first appeared back in 2013, amid a flurry of praise surrounding their joyous and addictive debut single Springful. Their debut album Gist Is followed in 2014, self-released on their label Spare Thought. The record was a startling and mesmerising voyage from start to finish, taking a labyrinthine, fragmented pop-not-pop path through its themes of faith, gender and desire, and upholding a lightness of touch and humour throughout. The record received critical acclaim in major publications, including NPR, Pitchfork and The Quietus, and made a number of end of year lists. Two years later, they followed up with an EP (Earrings Off!, 2016) on cult electronic label Tri Angle, which pushed their unique songwriting into harsher, digital territory.
This playful, experimental approach has caught the ear of some hugely influential artists, including Bjork, who was moved to write about an Adult Jazz concert in Reykjavik for Art In America magazine, and David Byrne, who booked them for his Meltdown festival in 2015. They’ve secured rare remixes from the likes of Shabazz Palaces and Jenny Hval, and their song writing credits include work with Okay Kaya and Moses Sumney, contributing, alongside Oneohtrix Point Never, to stand out track Cut Me from Sumney’s 2020 album Græ. Since then, around jobs and families, the band have been constantly recording, experimenting and slowly assembling their forthcoming second full length record.
Despite the relative silence of the intervening years since their last public release, there has been an ongoing and remarkable depth of response from their fanbase. Cue numerous Adult Jazz tattoos, and a Masters thesis from a musicology student at KCL about the assemblage and composition of their debut.
Adult Jazz will return to the stage for the first time since 2015 with a special show at Kings Place. This is a first chance to hear songs from their new record in a live context.
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