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Friday, Apr 08 2016 | 08:02
Image: 1603482 Side A - We Could Be ft. The HighScience Project
Side B - Empyrean Tones ft. Keyon Harrold

• Keyon Harrold, a native of Ferguson, MO, will be the trumpet
audiences hear in the upcoming Miles Davis biopic “Miles
Ahead”
• Mark de Clive-Lowe is considered a pioneer in modern soulful
dance music
• Brandon Eugene Owens has worked with Kendrick Lamar
and Robert Glasper.
• Te’Amir Sweeney regularly backs Aloe Blacc

The role of art, at it’s most brave and brazen, has always been to
provide unflinching reflections of reality. Music, the purest of all
art forms, has the ability to crystallize moments and make history
tangible. We’re living in the midst of current and historical pain, each
new individual moment of destruction and despair opens deep
wounds.
From the opening sax notes, “We Could Be,” is a daring record in the
tradition of grassroots music from the 60’s and 70’s. Bittersweet, it
acknowledges the imbalance of pain within our communities. Bold,
it refuses to buckle under that pressure and instead, it asks of us to
step into the promise of previous generations. It proposes that we
could be closer to freedom.
While the lead track is a hard and hopeful aspiration, the flip side,
“Empyrean Tones,” is the mind flight. This is where the heaviness of
before dissipates like smoke and we are allowed to dream.
Jason McGuiness, the projects’ producer, is in the old-school tradition
of producers who need not pick up an instrument. With a vision and
purpose, McGuiness culled an experienced group of music makers
to create something that would reflect us back to ourselves.
The instruments you hear are wielded by masters who have shared
their talents with the likes of D’angelo, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye
West, Robert Glasper, Aloe Blacc and more. But they’ve never done
something quite like this. From Te’Amir’s drums to Mark de Clive-
Lowe’s keys, up to Keyon Harrold’s sublime horns and HighScience
Project’s timeless vocals, the magic here is in the submission of the
individual in reverence of the collective. Available from 06.05.2016
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