The blogosphere was also into the album. From the UK we had very positive (and extensive!) writeups:
Dalston Sound: ‘For all the restraint on display this is meaty, powerful music, thoughtful and multi-dimensional with no lacunae and no navel-gazing. And Roberts’s authorial stamp is strong, so Sloth Racket are shaping up as one of the most distinctive groups to emerge from the current UK Jazz/improv nexus.’
The Jazz Mann: ‘This is a group that is willing to stretch itself and take musical risks. Many of the musicians have previously played together in other line ups and this is reflected by a shared sense of adventure and a cohesive and collective group dynamic.’
Sandy Brown Jazz: ‘Sloth Racket’s second album Shapeshifters is well worth enquiry. It literally sharpens up on the creative edge of improvisation.’
Further afield, the album was reviewed by Op Duvel(in Dutch) and Musiczoom (in Italian).
Big thanks to all the reviewers for their support of the record!
Sloth Racket has a new video! Our good friend Ben Owen has made this great short film of us playing at a LUME gig at The Vortex in May this year. The piece we play is called ‘Shapeshifters’ and will appear on our second album, coming out in Summer 2017.
LUME Festival has a review in this month’s Wire magazine, courtesy of Daniel Spicer. He really sums up the weird post-Brexit mood on the day (two days after the EU referendum result) and has some pretty glowing things to say about the music, including Word Of Moth and Article XI. Although it was only in June, the festival feels like a long time ago now. Roll on the next one!
I’m extremely chuffed that the Quadraceratops album has been reviewed in the Guardian and the Financial Times! Plus – both reviewers had some very nice things to say indeed. Yep, it’s self-indulgent, but here they are in full: