Following on from their blockbuster second album Cavalcade, just released in May, black midi have decided not to keep their fans in long anticipation of new material by unexpectedly releasing a follow-up single titled “Cruising”.
On Cavalcade the band more strongly leaned on jazz with instrumentation (adding keys and sax) as well as by continuing with their trademark complicated yet groovy rhythms. “Cruising” certainly feels like it belongs to the Cavalcade era of black midi, however, it is also abundantly clear why it did not appear on the album. This single is pushing even heavier into the realm of jazz and with a relatively slow tempo and an atmospheric feel that evokes a mood similar to that on Coltrane’s My Favorite Things. The band seamlessly uses a multitude of instruments on this track, including a resonator, an accordion, a lapsteel, a flute and more.
“Cruising” is also reminiscent of the post-Schlagenheim single “Sweater”. That song similarly maintained some of the aspects of its precursor LP while also sounding like something that rightfully did not make the cut. Thinking back to it now, one can see how “Sweater” was both a parting with Schlagenheim while at the same time a teaser for what Cavalcade was going to sound like, so if this logic were to be extrapolated onto “Cruising”, then we may be looking at an even more jazzy and atmospheric potential third LP by the London experimentalists.
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