BBE have just released the excellent ‘Movements Of Migration’ by The Incognito Traveller.
It’s an album inspired by and informing our concept of migration by Enricho Gianfranco and friends. The album is warm, cohesive and threaded through with beats that hark back to the signature sounds of Paul C, Primo and Hank Shocklee. It’s headnod but at the same time it is roomy, textured and challenging – it’s car and it’s headphones.
‘A voyage through the various ways humanity changes internally, physically, and spatially, and how those aspects affect each other. People change on the inside and as a result they migrate physically; people move from place to place and the geographical and cultural differences provoke inner migrations. Movements may be social, political, physical, conceptual, and the album is inspired by these and various other shades and definitions of the ideas of “movement” and “migration”. A strong focus on beats and rhythms, as well as a warm selection of sounds and samples, provides the musical base for a proper jazz-infused exploration of a world with far too many geographical boundaries. Aperture and liberty are key concepts that were kept ever-present throughout the recording of the album and can be felt in the notes and words and the spacious breaks with field recordings from various parts of the world to remind the listener about freedom and humanity’s constant pursuit of it.
The theme of a voyage is the conceptual thread that brings together The Incognito Traveller’s explorations. Every human being will see other people travelling and never know their reason for being, moving, travelling – each human will never know anything about all other travellers. All other travellers are, and will forever remain, anonymous to the masses. Everyone is the viewer and, at once, anonymous. Everyone has an identity, everyone remains unidentified. A traveller lost among travellers, an incognito traveller.’
Taken from BBE