From the sound of this first single, Leeds’ Adult Jazz doesn’t have much to do with jazz, nor with the kind of tongue-in-cheek, smooth-as-hell lounge music homage you might expect from a band with the word “adult” in its name. Mostly, it’s bluesy, a cappella-style crooning, accented with some skeletal drums and baritone/falsetto vocal harmonies. There’s a couple other elements that make their way in—electric guitar, some jagged breakbeats—but more than cohere into a full band sound, “Springful” feels committed to its own sparseness, experimentally building each counterintuitively catchy groove from as few sonic elements as possible. It’s got a strange beauty that lives up to the weird-as-fuck band moniker, and it’s one of three tracks on Adult Jazz’ upcoming “Am Gone”/”Springful” 12-inch, which they’re self-releasing on their own label, Spare Thought, on January 13th. Pre-order it via bandcamp, and check out some upcoming UK tourdates below.
Stream: Adult Jazz, “Springful”
12/03 XOYO – London, UK *
12/05 Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds, UK *
12/09 The Louisiana – Bristol, UK #
12/10 Castle Hotel – Manchester, UK #
* with Braids
# with Arthur Beatrice