Round Midnight presents Alabaster DePlume

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Some of the most life-affirmingly beautiful instrumentals on Alabaster DePlume’s new album… surely one of the best for 2020.” Ammar Kalia of The Guardian

In a world that is troubled and going through chrises of all sorts, I think [this] album is the perfect therapy for the planet right now.” BBC 6 Radio – Gilles Peterson show

Mancunian multi-instrumentalist’s upcoming album GOLD digs out a welcoming niche between rippling jazz and disarming meditation.

Spanning 18 tracks, some of which include vocals and others are entirely instrumental, dePlume’s follow-up to 2020’s To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 was recorded amid two weeks of sessions at London’s Total Refreshment Centre in the late summer of 2020. He invited a different set of musicians to the sessions each day, who would record the same tunes at the same speed with minimal rehearsal time. DePlume cut the results together to produce the finished record, with contributions from the likes of Falle Noike, Sarathy Korwar, Rozi Plain and Tom Skinner all included.

Speaking about the process of inviting musicians to the sessions in a statement, dePlume said: “They didn’t have enough preparation to be able to hide behind this piece of material or skill. They had to look up and respond to each other, and that’s what we’ve recorded. The method is part of the mission. It wasn’t like school. We had mayhem. We were having fun. That’s the story and the process – and I want to live that way.

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