Identikit Breaks New Ground with "Horizons"
With a slow piano swell, minimal instrumentation, and a lonely, slightly off-kilter voice, “Horizons” - the new single from Identikit - may throw listeners off course for the first minute of listening. Then, suddenly things kick into overdrive. Leading out of the gate with a bouncing bassline and a collection of brass blasts, you’re sailing upon the sea of erratic musical discourse and theatrical performance. Certainly, this is an intended setup by the jazzy troubadours, who use this new composition as a display of their musical growth.
Don’t think for a moment that listening to this piece this is going to be an easy-going, Carnival Cruise-type trip, as for the next several minutes you’re about to be whisked from one musical idea to the next like a kid at the helm of a brand new speedboat. I get stylistic hints of Zappa’s Studio Tan laced throughout, but also I feel the song is similar to what I’ve seen from groups YouTuber Adam Neely has been involved in, where the jazz flavor is obvious, but there’s a lasting hint of pop music as you swallow it down.
As I listen to this track, I get the sense that a short play is being performed - one with moments of scene breakdowns and dance routines moving in harmony, and which includes a villainous mark of strife that infiltrates and disturbs the players before it all peacefully fades away. It may take the listener a few run-throughs before they can let the dust settle on this track, not because it’s a challenging piece to listen to, but rather because it’s so multidimensional that one will return to make sure that every piece of the puzzle has been sought out.
This piece is a pleasant juggle of emotions and technique; a compliment to the elements the group has built up over previous releases without moving the needle too far from their compositional heart. The group has been no slouch when it comes to releasing good music either, as they have two albums available, already. So if “Horizons” intrigues you, be sure to check out their growing collection of recordings for more from this progressive group.