Out now on the ever brilliant Tru Thought label is the latest EP from songwriter and vocalist Bryony Jarman-Pinto, Fish Factory Sessions EP. They are as-live recordings of songs from her much lauded ‘Cage and Aviary’ album recorded at (unsurprisingly) London’s Fish Factory Studios.
Of the sessions, Bryony says “The Fish Factory Sessions were meant to feel live, like a performance, rather than a studio session”, adding “All the musicians have put their feel and ideas into the songs, transporting them to somewhere beyond the album versions and allowing them to take on a new life”.
Added to Bryony’s vocal and woodwind contributions, she pulled in band mates Alley Lloyd (bass, guitar, backing vocals), Vanessa Rani Chutturghoon (percussion, backing vocals), Dwayne Kilvington AKA Wonky Logic (Rhodes) and Matthew Davies (drums) for the recording.
Throughout the EP the band tight and funky, but Bryony\s immaculate vocals mean things feel loose and the band pull the tracks around, with space to express themselves, while Bryony improvises and floats over everything with a supreme control.
There are highlights everywhere, from the stripped back sunshine of Day Dream, to the funkier spread of Emerge. Best of all though is the Latin/afro-jazz wig/work-out of Sweet Sweet, as it unravels, propelled by the congas and Rhodes, conversing constantly and joined by this brilliantly twisting, winding bassline. Elsewhere the laid back strut of Sun Kisses allows you to stretch out and enjoy it while closer, the Latin shuffle of All about life is a perfect send off.
Check it out, here