What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes
Moss Freed guitar
RUTH GOLLER bass
ALICE ZAWADSKI vocals & violin
MAREK DORCIK drums
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS tenor sax & bass clarinet
Nothing short of breathtaking. This has to the most beautiful work that has come out yet from the Babel label… An essential release – All About Jazz
Moss Project’s second album, What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? showcases some of the UK’s fastest-emerging musical talents – RUTH GOLLER (acoustic and electric bass), ALICE ZAWADSKI (vocals & violin), MAREK DORCIK (drums) with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist SHABAKA HUTCHINGS (tenor sax & bass clarinet) – and also features six award-winning writers, commissioned to write short stories/poems based on new pieces by composer, guitarist and bandleader MOSS FREED.
The writers are National Book Award-winner COLUM MCCAN, NAOMI ALDERMAN (winner of the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year), JOE DUNTHORNE (author of Submarine, now a major film), LAWRENCE NORFOLK (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Budapest Festival Prize for Literature), Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-shortlisted Lebanese author, HANAN AL SHAYK and Time Out’s Rising Star, JAMES MILLER.
- 2.The Bubble5:00
- 3.Anniversary (With Shabaka Hutchings)9:20
- 4.What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?6:51
- 6.Freud & Jung Ride The Tunnel Of Love (With Shabaka Hutchings)6:12
- 7.The Angel5:57
- 8.Lose ourselves7:17
More on the album/book
A beautifully packaged book of short stories + Audio CD: a unique and compelling marriage of music and literature.
The CD and accompanying book represent a collision of sound and story, a marriage of music and literature. What started out as an album of original compositions has been expanded to a deluxe art object, with the addition of six new pieces of fiction, each one written as a response to a particular track on What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?
In the up-beat groove of ‘The Bubble,’ tricky prog time signatures and stop-start riffs meet soulful funk and openhearted jazz soloing to make music for body and mind. In the down-tempo sigh of ‘Anniversary’, mel- ancholy fiddle and clarinet sit against twanging Bill Frisell-like guitar to paint a rain-soaked audio landscape. And on the title track, a jumping Afro-beat shimmy smashes into moody post-rock vibes to create a truly cosmopolitan 21st century hybrid.
In the same way, throughout the album, the contrasting lead voices of Moss Freed’s precise and determined electric guitar and Alice Zawadzki’s soaring violin and ecstatic wordless vocals combine to offer a captivating snapshot of the human heart that stops you in your tracks.
Fascinating… Marries soulful funk and open-hearted jazz with a narrative quality – Independent on Sunday
A beautifully realized musical-literary-art project… Special indeed – Textura
A recording of stunning creativity and originality – London Jazz
Absorbing… Positioned at a crossroads between post-In a Silent Way impressionism and Bill Frisell/Pat Metheny with a 1970s misty mountain hippy folk-rock spirit – Jazzwise
Shockingly refreshing… A rare gem in post-modern music… This release proves that the future of music is on good footing… Freed’s compositional prowess give the album an understated power – Cadence