We’ve been lucky enough to live with this album for a little bit. If there’s one thing you need with New York trio FORAGER, it’s time – there’s an immediacy to their music that’s quite refreshing, but the added layers of complexity will take more than one listen to begin to reveal themselves. It also depends on how you react to the descriptor of ‘experimental jazz-pop fusion’, but that’s only a surface-level reading of what’s going on here.
Trailed by the singles ‘Fuji or a Trek‘ and ‘Hello to the Kiddies‘, the band’s 8-song debut is full of ideas and executed brilliantly – we’re delighted to be able to premiere Pipedream Firewood ahead of its release. Up there as one of 2023’s most thrilling debuts, you may need a few attempts to get to grips with it, but that’s part of this band’s charm. The album’s out tomorrow – don’t sleep on it.