Edy / Forey – Culture Today (ENG review)

All tracks composed by Guilhem Forey - All tracks produced by Edy Szewy // Soul records
Edy / Forey - Culture Today

One of the rare occasions where we add a subtitle to the title of this section, as this is indeed a collaboration at the highest level, on a form of very urban jazz in which Snarky Puppy’s Michael League and Bob Reynolds also collaborated. You will never be able to keep up while keeping your soul intact. This world spins so fast that it makes you dizzy – Never underestimate your capacity for attention. The technocrats will devour your body, your soul, and your spirit – “Take Your Time”/ Edy Forey/ 2024.

One cannot help but admire the honest audacity of these lyrics. This song, “Take Your Time,” is from Culture Today, the debut album of Edy Forey’s Urban-Jazz. The UK-based duo enters the music scene with the clarity of self-awareness, even if that awareness comes from divergent artistic experiences. Here, we enjoy the reinterpretation of Nature Boy, a song that the whole world has covered with varying degrees of success. It must be said that here, we take pleasure in this intelligent recomposition of the track, far from those who have attempted to give it only their own interpretation. Pay attention, there is talent here!

Often close to the electro-dub that has been the foundation of European alternative culture for the past twenty years, jazz integrates itself on the majority of the tracks. Even when it seems to stray too far, a well-placed saxophone riff refocuses the discussion, if one is needed at all… Those who have followed this genre of music for some time will recognize ideas that come from certain Swedish artists of the 2000s. In this sense, this album brings nothing new; only the often overly present effects remind us that we are indeed in a post-pandemic era.

This last observation leads us to place this album in our “Favorites” because, from our point of view, Edy’s voice deserved to be surrounded by fewer effects and more musicality, as demonstrated by the introduction of the track “Better Way.”

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move and ABS magazine
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, April 28th 2024

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