Limited edition of 300 units worldwide. Includes lyric sheet. "Jazz is supposedly a grown folks' genre, played by aging bohemians in tiny clubs. Tell that to the Breathing Effect-a self-described electronic group influenced by soul, rock and jazz-whose debut album, Mars Is a Very Bad Place for Love, toes a line between traditional and turn up. As a unit, producer/keyboardist Eli Goss and drummer/bassist Harry Terrell merge the standards of conventional jazz with modern bounce beats. By definition, it scans as "jazz fusion," but the results conjure '70s R&B as well as the contemporary Los Angeles beat scene and hip-hop. Clearly, Goss and Terrell study Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine, but it seems they dig Thundercat and Stevie Wonder, too. The genesis of the Breathing Effect can be traced to it's fascinating 2014 EP, on which Goss and Terrell spread aquatic rhythms over five tracks. From "Layers of Thought" to "Losing My Mind", the resulting mixture was equally soothing and mesmerizing; the EP as a whole worked just as well under clear or gray skies. Mars is more upbeat than it's predecessor, though the opening tunes-"Forestial Things" and "Cloudy Afternoon"-continue the EP's mellow ambience. Yet by the third song, the two-tiered "Cold Meteor Showers", Goss and Terrell hit a stride. In a way, Mars plays like musical theater: It's driven by space travel, and follows the story of two lovers cruising the galaxy with no concept of time. Tracks like "One for the Mountains By the Sea" and "Twenty Years Altogether" recall spacious isolation, of couples escaping life's hustle to be alone with each other. It's a notion evoked on album standout, "Weightless Reality", where Goss, Terrell and guest vocalist Kalia Vandever sing of a fantasy world of waterfalls and underwater utopia. Whether or not they're depicting planet Mars is anyone's guess. Still, the music conveys a very real narrative while using few words, which is usually a tough task for most instrumental albums.
Cold Meteor Showers
One for the Mountains By the Sea
Twenty Years Altogether
Streetlights Out of Focus
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