‘Trench’, The second release from Boxwork’s eponymous Boxwork Music label is the successor to ‘Dive Left’, Boxwork’s first full length released on Shades Recordings last year. to get a feeling of the foundation for ‘Trench’, we have included a sample of the album ‘Dive Left’
‘Trench’ takes the listener even further down the rabbit hole into the imagined world that Boxwork’s mad music inhabits. In his typical fashion, ‘Trench’’ covers lots of musical ground.
Boxwork’s ‘Trench’ is a very interesting selection to review, it has the sounds and flavors of soul, hip hop, techno and jazz, blended well with an exuberance, an excitement that is subtle and boils just under the surface of the digital flesh. This album is an exploration in soundscapes, moving in and out like thought, from a world music theme and flavor to symbiotic relationships of jazz, blues, psychedelic expressions and rock undertones. Rater that do a “song by song” dissection, which in this case would lessen the impact of the power of the artist’s vision, I will review the overall feel.
‘Trench’ is a very well thought out and masterfully produced album, which for many can be almost too difficult to pull off, not so here and very well done. This record has no genre but is influenced by them all. Boxwork signatures are there in droves though, of course. Lots of tempos, obscure samples, and music as intensely melodic, percussive, sonic experiments and explorations.
If I could relate it to a single genre, I would say that it is a new soundscape, a “Techno-Jazz”, a “Digi-Funk”, I also feel some influence from the artists like Kitaro, Vangellis, Funkadelic and Parllament. it is heavy, but not messy, a gritty, dirty, full of textures soundscape. There are several tracks that would be underground “hits”, but I would encourage the listener to just hit play and enjoy this album as if you were part of the dream, lying within the mind and experiencing the events within without the power to direct movement, let yourself be taken in and absorbed into the joy that is this will be, groundbreaking album.
My favorite track on ‘Trench’ is a song called “Saw Mill”, which has a very “get down” sound, a groove ridden measure that sums up both slow smoking love and heaviness that embodies “cool”. The entire album is a joyride in new music, that is experimental but grounded in traditional music composition.
With original artwork by Craig Johnson II and a limited-edition vinyl package including an artwork print also available, Boxwork Music has the format and collector geek in you covered too.
‘Trench’ is available to stream and download via all your favorite channels.
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