For her latest EP, ‘Vertical Seas’, Jazz vocalist, performance artist and composer Ariane Mamon pulled inspiration from across the globe and created arcane feats of jazz fusion. The instrumental roots in the lead track, ‘Dangerous Trees’, vastly pre-date western genres as Mamon simultaneously carries the air of an 18th-century mystic and a Parisian chanteuse in her operatic highs and rhythmic non-lexical vocals.
We can’t fast-forward from 2021, but we can escape into our collective history, appreciate the power in the natural world and feel a part of it, that is exactly what Ariane helped her listeners to do here. With gritty funk in the basslines and fiercely tribal percussion against glassy vocal notes, the extended single captivates you through every improvised progression; allowing the energy to flow naturally, serenely, intensely.
The official video to Dangerous Trees released on April 20th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
Review by Amelia Vandergast