"A Journey Too Far" by Nostalgia 77 on iTunes

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Benedic Lamdin is a producer and composer seemingly fascinated with jumping borders and building musical bridges, working from a jazz foundation that supports dazzling spires of everything from post-bop jazz, early British folk, downtempo grooviness, hip-hop, and funk. With a number of notable releases under the moniker Nostalgia 77 and a fairly steady group of band members, Lamdin has settled nicely into a coolly patchworked landscape that’s blessedly hard to label. There are moments on A Journey Too Far when dusty Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro records are conjured (though vocalist Josa Peit sounds like neither); there are numbers that slink and slide like late-night come-down soundtracks, with percussion and muted woodwinds knitting a warm hammock to drift away in. The R&B/reggae–inflected voice of Jeb Loy Nichols arrives to perk things up for some languid dancing to sultry horns on a few tracks, and songs like “Backlash” flirt with a tango-ing, Doors-ish vibe churned out by cool guitar and vintage Rhodes piano. “An Angel with No Halo” is a ballad that changes shape, with a funky R&B center and ephemeral, gossamer bookends.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Benedic Lamdin is a producer and composer seemingly fascinated with jumping borders and building musical bridges, working from a jazz foundation that supports dazzling spires of everything from post-bop jazz, early British folk, downtempo grooviness, hip-hop, and funk. With a number of notable releases under the moniker Nostalgia 77 and a fairly steady group of band members, Lamdin has settled nicely into a coolly patchworked landscape that’s blessedly hard to label. There are moments on A Journey Too Far when dusty Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro records are conjured (though vocalist Josa Peit sounds like neither); there are numbers that slink and slide like late-night come-down soundtracks, with percussion and muted woodwinds knitting a warm hammock to drift away in. The R&B/reggae–inflected voice of Jeb Loy Nichols arrives to perk things up for some languid dancing to sultry horns on a few tracks, and songs like “Backlash” flirt with a tango-ing, Doors-ish vibe churned out by cool guitar and vintage Rhodes piano. “An Angel with No Halo” is a ballad that changes shape, with a funky R&B center and ephemeral, gossamer bookends.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

6 Ratings

Highly Recommended!

Don Hunter,

Amazing from start to finish. This release will play an important role in your Spring/Summer and years to come.

Well Done

QTeskimo,

Nice Album. Eclectic and entertaining the whole way.

About Nostalgia 77

Nostalgia 77 features the production work of Benedic Lamdin, who shifts between relying upon samples and musicians as raw material for his processed tracks. After some singles for the 7Sevens label, he released his first album, Songs for My Funeral, in 2004, and followed that with 2005's The Garden, issued on Ubiquity; Borderlands and Sevens & Eights: Recorded Live at the Jazz Cafe in 2006, and then Everything Under the Sun the next year. In 2008, the album Weapons of Jazz Destruction was released by Tru Thoughts under the Nostalgia 77 Octet moniker. Landin (who played guitar) expanded his concept group to include drums, upright bass, brass, reeds, and winds. After a collection entitled Nostalgia 77's One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides, in 2009 Landin enlisted British jazz and improv legends pianist Keith Tippett and vocalist Julie Tippetts for Nostalgia 77 Sessions, Vol. 1, another full-ensemble recording that featured upright bass, saxophones, guitar, and drums in addition to piano and vocals. Landin also acted as producer and engineer for the date. Throughout the latter half of the 21st century's first decade, Landin concerned himself with a lot of production work on albums by Jeb Loy Nichols, Elizabeth Parks, Larry Stabbins, Alice Russell, Sara Mitra, Fringe Magnetic, and Golden Age of Steam. In the early spring of 2011, Nostalgia 77 released the most eclectic and far-reaching album to date with Sleepwalking Society featuring German vocalist Josa Peit; the set walked the line between classic Ellingtonian jazz, British folk, and even blues. In 2012, Lamdin, his regular band, and other U.K. jazzers issued The Taxidermist under the moniker Nostalgia 77 & the Monster.

Returning to the Nostalgia 77 moniker proper, Lamdin furthered his collaboration with Peit on 2014's A Journey Too Far. The remix album Kingdom of Dub appeared that same year, with Lamdin's back catalog getting the dub treatment from producer Prince Fatty. A second collaboration with the Monster, Measures, was issued in December. ~ Andy Kellman & Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    2002

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