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Szun Waves’ New Hymn To Freedom reviews...

These six pieces reveal the occasional trio’s telepathic sense of harmony, and and strike that broad sweet spot between James Holden’s rural exotica and Sun Ra’s tropical vibrations"

8/10 Uncut

“It’s an album to lose yourself in… Psychedelic nebulas of sound - ambient expanses scribbled with plaintive sax melodies and carried along by drumbeats that pad and thrash, as Abbott’s synths wobble and fizz and shimmer and fly like streamers”


"A spellbinding testimonial to the hypnotic potential of improvised music This is a record that seems torn between electronica, free improvisation, ambient mood music or forward-gazing modern jazz, and sounds all the fresher for this indecisiveness… The result is that rarest of things: an improvised album that sounds so perfect, you’d think it was all planned"

8.5/10 The Line Of Best Fit

“Szun Waves’ jazz is as grounded by the earth’s elements as it is afloat in space” Pitchfork “If you dug James Holden’s The Animal Spirits, this trio - led by fellow synth wrangler Luke Abbott - forge a similar path to psych-jazz valhalla” Uncut "This glorious second album from Szun Waves shares the same musical DNA as the crystalline and melodic jazz that hailed from the German ECM label in the 70s. Some stunning modern music."

London in Stereo “The band create immersive freeform soundscapes and spacious dance-inflected grooves to hypnotic effect” Jazzwise “You can hear traces of each and every contributor's DNA within the musical makeup of 'Constellation': loose, improvisational jazz drums, deep, swirling atmospherics, soaring saxophones and searing synths all bathed in a warm analogue glow. Watch this space” 8/10 DJ “That really has such a magic” Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music “Shimmering melodies and confounding rhythms that astonish with deep-seeded emotion and sonic depth” XLR8R “A glorious kaleidoscope of interwoven melodies and textures” Track Of The Day, The 405

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