In celebration of their just-announced signing to California powerhouse label Sargent House, star-studded musical collective Saudade have released a new single and video, "Crisis." With a 40-second dreamlike intro solidly setting the stage for the sonic ride to come, the song leans hard into the talents of members John Medeski, Gil Sharone, David Torn and ringleader of the project Chuck Doom. (Other members of the collective include Chino Moreno, Robert Thomas Jr. of Weather Report, Mackie Jayson of Cro-Mags and Dr. Know of Bad Brains.)
Undulating wildly between peaceful meditation and aggressive exploration of the boundary between virtuosity and rage, the track — produced by Doom, Chris Bittner and executive produced by Chino Moreno — is a unique blend of avant jazz, gloomy interludes and a woozy lightness that enchants and soothes, a many-legged adventure through complex textures and rambling landscapes. Matching in tone is the video collage that comes with "Crisis," a pastiche of diaphanous nostalgia showing movement through static images morphing gently into lo-fi footage of various untethered themes.
"It's a huge honor to be part of this project," pianist, organist and Mellotron master Medeski says of the project. "The first real band I was ever in was with Chuck Doom in the early Eighties in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For this to be coming back around 38 years later is truly magical."
"Crisis" is taken from Saudade's upcoming EP Shadows & Light / Sanctuary Dub, which will also feature the group's previously released duet between Chelsea Wolfe and core member Chino Moreno, "Shadows & Light," as well as a collaboration with Ho99o9 and another unreleased instrumental track. See the cover art and track listing below.
Shadows & Light / Sanctuary Dub track listing:
1 Shadows & Light (ft. Chelsea Wolfe & Chino Moreno)
3. Sanctuary Dub (ft. theOGM and Yeti Bones of Ho99o9)