The Norwegian jazz quartet, Pixel, is attempting to create more accessible jazz. Their third album, Golden Years, toes the line between indie, alternative and jazz in an attempt to be innovative and define what modern jazz can be. This, in turn, creates a great amount of versatility on Golden Years, providing classic jazz vibes with some tracks, while others lean more towards indie with support from horns would feel more in place in a rotation set.
The lyrics sung by bassist and vocalist Ellen Andrea Wang in the track “I Have the Right to go to Syden” talk about modern technology and traveling. Some tracks are filled just with the sounds of drummer, Jon Audun Baar, trumpeter Jonas Kilmork Vermoy, and saxophonist Harlard Lassen. The decisions made by Pixel in their creative process create an avant garde welcoming into modern jazz.
Recommended If You Like: Arve Henrikensen, Fennesz
Recommended Tracks: 1 (Rainforest), 3 (Nothing Beats Reality), 10 (Space Is Going to The Moon)
Do Not Play: None
Written by Mallory McFall on 02/13/16