Avant-Garde Jazz: Remy Morritt – Venera

The origins of the project trace to a summer night one year ago. At the end of a gig-packed week, in the middle of the set on an outdoor stage, Morritt looked down at to find one solitary ant had made its way to the interior of his base drum and was crawling up the head. Morritt continued playing. The ant kept climbing.

“Must have been loud,” was his first thought. But, the image— that dark spec slowly ascending that white circle—stayed with him. It was equal parts peace and chaos, a brave but lonely act. There was beauty there.

At a transition period in his own personal and professional life, and having established himself as something of a rising star in Seattle’s experimental music scene, Morritt decided the time had come for him to emulate that speck on his bass drum. He’d compose an album. He’d release it himself.

Remy Morritt with his album The Ant, provides us with an avant-garde jazz, Frank Zappa style. The whole album was recorded in Hazy Bay Studio in South Park, Seattle. All songs were composed by Remy Morritt and counted with the collaboration of Alex Oliverio in the electric guitar, Andrew Lihudis in the electric bass, Daniel Salka in the keys and Levi Gillis in the saxophone. Six tracks that not only sound original in its composition, but also gives us a feeling of relaxation and joy. Released 26th August.

Art by Jocelyn Beausire 

Venera is the second track of The Ant, that stars with a syncopated Rhodes line layered with guitar effects and cyclical chord changes. Its title is inspired by the Russian Venera missions to the wondrously volatile and hostile planet Venus.

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