Friday, July 17, 2009

Acoustic Ladyland: Everything In One

Acoustic Ladyland (group; '00s)

The whole is the sum of its parts. Acoustic Ladyland is a four piece ensemble from London, England who have made seismic waves in the European jazz scene for almost ten years now. They probably won't have an album released in the U.S. but you can find all their albums on iTunes or order from

If you've been looking for a jazz, funk, rock hybrid (you have right!?!) then Acoustic Ladyland is for you. If you're looking for something to freak out your friends and neighbours (you have right!?!) then Acoustic Ladyland is for you. A frenetic mix of the scat saxophone, pulsating drums, drinding guitars and thumping bass (and sometimes an understated piano), Acoustic Ladyland will make your Fridayand/or Saturday hangover much worse but you'll enjoy the ride. Imagine Metallica adding a saxophone player. Or John Zorn joining Sonic Youth (which I think might have happened at one point in history)---enough said.

Each of Acoustic Ladyland's four albums has upped the creative qoutient, making this one of the most revered bands of the last few years. Their most recent release, Living With A Tiger (Strong & Wrong Records) doesn't disappoint. This is an unconventional and uncompromising band on every level. From their album covers which resemble an indie rock band more than jazz quartet, Acoustic Ladyland are provocative and the final output really is everything in one. Check out a couple of different aspects of the band for yourself...beware loud noises and nightmares...

"Iggy" live on Later With Jools Holland:

"Cuts and Lies" (music video):

Acoustic Ladyland Official Site:

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