Lara Jones is a London-based experimental saxophonist but listen to this track before you pass judgement on what you think that might sound like. ‘Fig’ is an electronic powerhouse of giddy arpeggios, gritty electronic swells, pinched synths and blown-up drum sounds.
It’s the title track from the forthcoming Fig EP and takes as its source a field recording of a conversation between Jones and her wife in the shower and you hear the line “queer love, it’s just love you know.” Jones says “I wanted to be bolder with this EP in how I presented my message, I chose to use my voice audibly for the first time and ultimately aimed to start a conversation about queer love and identity from an intimate perspective.”
There is a lot going on in its three-minute running time. It’s a pulsating drama that seems to breathe in electricity and exhale pyroclastic clouds of dancefloor energy. It’s as anarchic as waves hitting rocks or meteors striking distant moons and the crackling power of it will give your fingers enough of a jolt to have them reaching for the repeat button.
The Fig EP is released on June 16th and can be pre-ordered from Lara Jones’ Bandcamp page.
Lara Jones on tour:
18.05 – Edinburgh @ Wavetable
07.06 – Manchester @ Soup Kitchen presented by The Beauty Witch
08.06 – Newcastle @ The Lubber Fiend
22.06 – London @ Bardona presented by Baba Yaga Hut
08.07 – Birmingham Mostly Jazz Festival
29.07 – Coventry @ Just Dropped In Records presented by Sink or Swim Promotions
More dates to be announced
Review by Paul F Cook