to release third album
“One of the hottest young bands
on the UK scene.”
Since Partikel celebrated the release of their third album ”String Theory” (Whirlwind Recordings) with an intense night at the Pizza Express back in june 2015 the international press is really catching up on the trio.
"Turbulent avant-riffage, lush, cinematic sophistication... an ambitious project, convincingly realised" JazzWise, UK ☆☆☆☆
"Highly atmospheric and full of surprises... There are exciting trips through times and styles, united by the great musicality of all the musicians" Musikreviews.de 13/15 , Germany
"Inventive contrapuntally - rich arrangements, this excellent experiment represents a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority" All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆
"In balancing Partikel's familiar free jazzy energy with a compositional coherence that draws the textures of the string players and the trio into striking and often unexpectedly seductive accords.... String Theory is an intriguing insight into the depths of their resources" John Fordham - The Guardian
The London-based trio Partikel (Duncan Eagles on saxophone, Max Luthert on bass and Eric Ford on drums) is heralded as a significant new group on the European scene having maintained a feverish live schedule during the past few years. Their latest album "String Theory" sees them pushing their own sonic and compositional boundaries by teaming up with four equally talented string players, fusing their love of jazz, rock and world music with the textures of a string quartet to create music that showcases an array of unique soundscapes.
The approach to "String Theory" differs to Partikel's previous albums where fine-tuning and non-stop rehearsing of arrangements characterised the lead up to the studio recordings. Eagles describes the process: "With this album the charts I wrote for the trio were purposefully more open and melodic than previous material and the arrangements were developed through touring with the band— rather than all the rehearsing— which I think gives the trio performance on this album a much more natural and spontaneous dynamic." The band has also started to incorporate electronic effects into their live set that they touch upon in the production of this album, giving String Theory a new overall sonic feel from their previous albums where they solely featured the acoustic trio.
Eagles talks about the string quartet: "When thinking about the addition of the strings I wanted to really try and push myself in all areas and not just in the actual writing of their parts which is something I’d never done until this project. Compositionally I wanted to think on a larger scale, moving away from the head–solo–head format as much as possible and I was adamant that I did not want to use the strings as just backing or padding. I wanted the string quartet to be as involved as possible and have a number of opportunities for the two ensembles to interact and improvise together. The first three tracks on the album play together as one piece and this is where I have really put this concept to work the most. When putting this together I was more concerned with allowing a flowing group effort."
The 12 new tracks on "String Theory" is an astonishing statement from this young band and really shows how they continue to grow musically.
Performing live either as a trio or with strings, this is a must see live band
Contact for press and booking (Scandinavia):
For any further press or booking request please contact pgspeialgent(a)gmail.com
Partikel on Facebook
Listen also to more music here on Soundcloud
What the press says...So far:
All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆ http://www.allaboutjazz.com/string-theory-partikel-whirlwind-recordings-ltd-review-by-roger-farbey.php
"The always stimulating Partikel meets this string section on equal terms. Eagles's tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention. It's another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit." BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆"high-energy music with a variety of many startling and original soundscapes" RheinMain Magazine
"String Theory creates a broad spectrum of musical colours that allow the listener to become one with the music...a milestone of jazz." Nachrichten.com
"It is clear that here are three absolute experts at work. Each a master of his instrument placing themselves at the service of the common goal of playing high quality jazz music" Mos Eisley Music
"Highly atmospheric and full of surprises... There are exciting trips through times and styles, united by the great musicality of all the musicians" Musikreviews.de 13/15