Girls in Airports: Migration

Jakob Baekgaard By

Sign in to view read count
Girls in Airports: Migration The view of the world is not greater than the eyes of the beholder and it is easy to remain bound to a particular culture and musical tradition, trying to find safety in familiar sounds. Beauty, however, is often found in the unexpected and unknown and like true musical travelers; Danish group Girls in Airports has taken a different path than most of its Nordic peers, exploring the warm and vibrant sounds of Africa.

Migration, the group's second album, delves deeper into the aesthetic territory cultivated on its eponymous 2010 debut, expanding its craft with irresistible melodies and bouncing rhythms.

Percussionist Victor Dybbroe is a new addition to the group, and his arsenal of exotic instruments enhances the rich texture of the compositions, bringing in the organic sounds of wood, metal, glass and skin. Together with the insistent rhythms of drummer Mads Forsby, a polyphonic sheet of sound is created that balances between deep grooves and ethereal landscapes.

The tight interplay between saxophonists Martin Stender and Lars Greve remains at the heart of the group's sound, their vocabulary extending from the breezy lyricism of "Need a Light" to the throaty blasts of the funky "Pirates and Tankers," which merges a laidback Ethiopian groove, in the key of Mulatu Astatke, with the spiritual intensity of Pharoah Sanders.

While the group retains much of its signature sound, combining Nordic melancholy and African and Eastern influences, the real growth lies in the ambitions of the compositions. The stunning, seven-minute epic of "Children's Temple" transforms from a whispering lullaby that gradually builds up tension through a hazy organ drone to a full-fledged ritual dance of saxophones and chimes, only to end in an ambient sea of keyboards and woodwinds.

Migration provides a remarkable musical journey through different corners of the world, but while the group manages to take in influences from numerous cultures, it still creates its own original expression. A blueprint for great things to come, Migration is also a work of art in its own right, documenting some of the greatest talents on the Danish jazz scene.

Track Listing: Migration; Little Baby Monkey; Friends and Allies; Transvestite; Water Snake; Need a Light; Pirates and Tankers; Gong Song; Children's Temple; Windy Night.

Personnel: Martin Stender: saxophones; Lars Greve: saxophones and clarinet; Mathias Holm: keys; Victor Dybbroe: percussion; Mads Forsby: drums.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Gateway Music

Related Video


More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "In Tokyo, Japan" CD/LP/Track Review In Tokyo, Japan
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 16, 2016
Read "Five" CD/LP/Track Review Five
by John Sharpe
Published: August 14, 2016
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "MG50 Peace & Fire" CD/LP/Track Review MG50 Peace & Fire
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Kodama Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Kodama Trio
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 31, 2016
Read "Dancing Our Way To Death" CD/LP/Track Review Dancing Our Way To Death
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!