Ill Considered are a London-based 4-piece jazz band that came to my attention just today through the release of two phenomenal back to back albums, Ill Considered 5 and Ill Considered 6. What I find incredible about this band is that the two projects they released back to back are mostly improvised in sessions, as they take pre-worked ideas and test them out on record. The dynamism and utter experimental approach to their music makes for a exciting and utterly spellbinding listen.
Ill Considered 5 contains a plethora of sounds and emotions. There are dark moments on the record, such as on the bass-heavy “Incadescent Rage,” with mesmeric drumming and a dense, cacophony of sounds that really sound hellish and unsettling. The percussion, drumming and saxophone on “Observant” are stunning as they meander between tribal grooves and spiritual notes that bring such frivolous energy that it is difficult not to be utterly drawn to the aura of the music itself. Other moments throughout just bring that element of beauty and stunning energy that I’ve come to love listening back to Ill Considered discography. It’s the off-kilter rhythms on tracks like “Professor” that I find utterly mesmerizing and captivating.
There is so much more to mention and describe on this project, but I’ll leave it here as it’s best to just sit down in one session and properly listen to all the subtleties of this magnificent album.
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