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In Search of Soma

by Fly Agaric

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Serenity 06:10
Ramallah 07:20
Country Song 06:38
unfinishing 06:05
Superslyick 02:15


from where we were
hearing things
a mudd-murk
seemed to have immersed
everything. in the
damp-dank of londra

still, the voyage continued
in a hap-hazard way
all around the native invisible
speaking in tongues
the trail blazed into the distance

when causes seemed lost
a song, emerging from the ground
gently as a caress, handsome
and in colours
striking red, orange, yellow
(with little white spots)
on top,

returning from the forest
a basket full of dreams
to share with out kindred

“… the group occasionally lets rip, but Fly Agaric sees no need to roar when you can whisper, or even mumble suggestively… The dead hand of the jazz solo is simply ignored as a device in favour of group music-making.” Clive Bell, the WIRE

“An adventure in sound and performance is exactly what the quartet delivers on this powerful, eloquent album.” - Chris Parker about “In Search of Soma”

“In Search of Soma demonstrates a confident grip of jazz orthodoxies, but the LP is also eager to move beyond those realms. Fly Agaric understand the distinctive freedom that can be cultivated by scholarly discipline and attentiveness.” – The Skinny

“Chattering percussive effects, honking rumbustiousness, roiling fervour jostle promiscuously with (deceptive) calm and ­– on one track – the voice (from a speech on employment) of Nicolas Sarkozy to make up a fascinating set of multi-hued pieces, all delivered with extraordinary panache and assurance by a band that is clearly as open-eyed as it is open-eared.” – London Jazz News

“In Search Of Soma is, as its title suggests, an attempt at finding a new way of seeing – a contemporary jazz album that is less about jazz language and technique and much more about sound, concept and imaginative juxtapositions. Here are suggestions that Fly Agaric are a multi-faceted band with feeling and atmosphere in their music to match the pointed deconstructions.” – OMH Music


released May 1, 2012

Zac Gvi - saxophone, clarinet, furulja, toy accordion (track 1)
Francesc Marco - piano, accordion
Jiri Slavik - double bass
Fred Thomas - drums, cavaquinho, piano (track 11)

Compositions by Fred Thomas (3, 8, 12, 13), Zac Gvirtzman (1, 6, 10), Jiri Slavik (2, 4, 5, 7, 9).

Mixed by Alex Bonney and Fly Agaric. Mastered by Nicholas Baillard, Studio La Buisonne, FR, 2011.


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jazz. amici. mushrooms.

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