QUEST ENSEMBLE, the British trio comprised of pianist Filipe Sousa, cellist Tara Franks and violinist Preetha Narayanan, are finally releasing their warmly evocative LP The Other Side on vinyl this Friday, September 18th.
With bottlenecks in vinyl pressing yet another of the many-headed hydra of consequences of the corona virus, the vinyl arrives for purchase some two months or so after the digital release of the album.
Quest Ensemble are far from your vanilla classical trio. Drawing on backgrounds in which they individually explored western and Indian classical, jazz and improvisational technique, and all alumni of the Guildhall School of Music, they have brought these multidisciplinary textures to bear on this, their second LP.
If you’re a fan of the modern neo-classical edge that includes artists such as Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds, or even artists more in the post-rock sphere such as the much-missed Rachel’s, it’s likely you’ll find a lot to adore about this record.
We reviewed the album here back at the beginning of July and noted that “ … it won’t rush at you and grab you by the lapels, air-kissing.
“It’s much more likely to tilt an eyebrow and smile warmly. You know who you’re going to have the more rewarding evening with in the long run.”
We’ve embedded the beautiful “The Boatman” below for you to have a listen to; read our full review here.
Quest Ensemble’s The Other Side will be available from Friday in a limited vinyl run at the trio’s Bandcamp page. There is also a digital release.