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Editors’ Notes

The Oslo quartet Pixel mine the same intersection of brainy post-rock and melodic jazz as outfits like Medeski, Martin & Wood or Kneebody. The most noticeable difference here, however, is the presence of bassist/singer Ellen Andrea Wang, who also writes the music. While trumpeter Jonas Kilmork Vemoy, saxophonist Harold Lassen, and drummer Jon Audun Baar all make strong contributions, it’s rare to hear this kind of music with a vocalist, never mind one who has a jazz singer’s range and pop singer’s natural delivery (in English). It lands Wang in same general territory as Esperanza Spalding (another bassist/singer), which certainly isn’t a bad thing. The dancing “Be Mine” starts things with a bang while the bass, percussion, and vocals of “Time” close things on a spooky note. In between are several tunes where the horns and vocals harmonize to great effect, though the horns come to the fore for the tightly orchestrated “Farris” and the unrelentingly groovy “Sigma.” Those looking for something on the poppier side of things will dig the catchy “Edge.” Wang and Pixel are onto something with this intriguing sophomore album.

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Hot music from a cold land

This is a fantastic release. If you think modern jazz relies on improv, this will change your mind. Strong pop and melodic elements, with wicked musicianship.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Oslo, Norway-based modern creative jazz-pop quartet Pixel were founded in 2010 by bassist/singer Ellen Andrea Wang, who began playing the double bass at age 17 after first studying classical violin and piano. Trained at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Wang combines her confident bass playing with an appealing indie pop-flavored singing style in Pixel, a group also noteworthy for its instrumentation of bass, trumpet, saxophone, and drums -- lacking a chordal instrument in a manner similar to the classic...
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