Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise (2019) 8.7

Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Rating: 8.7

Track List:
1. birds of paradise 03:57
2. prayer for amerikkka pt. 1 & 2 11:26
3. lesterlude 00:40
4. twenty-three n me, jupiter redux 03:43
5. whales 01:04
6. simple silver surfer 05:39
7. bird dogs of paradise 04:04
8. nuevo roquero estéreo 08:13
9. love song 06:07

Fly or Die II is a tightly wound ball of raw sweaty emotional energy that vibrates with bright-eyed blasts from Branch’s sonic weapon. She aims it high to take on the governmental juggernauts, the forces of discrimination, the assholes and the clowns. And whether she is wielding fragile vocals or the mighty trumpet, man, she can really fly. Through it all, she leaves space for a little fun and playfulness over frenzied layers of booming drums, running bass lines, animal sounds and relief.

Favourite tracks: ‘prayer for amerikkka pt. 1 & 2’, ‘simple silver surfer’ & ‘love song’.

Watch this powerful mini documentary about the album.

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