I was going through a tag titled “Australian jazz” on my free time this week and came across this stunner of an album by Andrea Keller & Wave Riders.
From her Bandcamp site:
Systems Over-Ride is the new album from Melbourne-based pianist & composer Andrea Keller, featuring her latest musical venture, WAVE RIDERS. The quintet performs Andrea’s music with grit and spontaneity; bringing together her somewhat disparate fascinations of free jazz and doom metal, combined with potent harmonies and yearning melodies. Dichotomous relationships abound as she grapples to reconcile the brutal and the beautiful, all the while focussed on stripping back, and connecting, within acts of kindness, and solidarity.
Recorded between lockdowns 4 & 5 at Head Gap Studio in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, the album also features a set of specially commissioned remixes. Using improvised fragments from the studio session, Nicole Lizée (CAN), Bree van Reyk (SYD), Joe Talia, Philip Rex, and Theo Carbo (MEL) contribute an exhilarating set of pieces that draw threads from WAVE RIDERS and weave them into new territory and sound worlds.
Anyone who is brave enough to mix doom metal and jazz together is quite okay in my book.