Review: GoGo Penguin-‘GoGo Penguin’


Photo: Jon Shard

The eponymous album from Manchester experimental jazz trio GoGo Penguin sees them build upon their already impressive sonic palette. There’s field recordings, complex rhythmic structures and sparse moments, often within one track.

Like a contraption by William Heath Robinson, Signal In The Noise has clockwork precision and invention.

F Maj Pixie is fluttery and delicate, with jittery piano lines from Chris Illingworth, and Nick Blacka’s bass is pushed front and centre, creating an irresistible groove.

It’s this push and pull which keeps the listener on their toes. Kora is chiming electronic music which should appeal to fans of Gold Panda and Four Tet.

The first single, Atomised, with crashing drums from Rob Turner and hypnotic piano, feels more minimalist.

It’s epic, ambitious and yet spacious at times. We need such beautiful, reassuring music for these sad and anxious times. All being well, there will be a tour in the spring, with a headline show at Brixton Academy on May 22nd.

Released via Blue Note, May 1st.