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 6 features some exciting and thrilling moments. Guest guitarist Steve Ashmore completely blows me away on “Amber,” with smooth and silky melodies that complement the sweet percussion and bassline throughout the track. “Single Leaf” feels frantic in energy, bringing some heavier rock-inspired grooves through their aggressive guitar and saxophone melodies. The darker energy is continued on the track “Predator,” with swirling guitar effects and a menacing bassline that engulfs the whole energy of the track. A truly terrifying listen. They saved the angriest and darkest moment until last however, as “Percolator” closes the album with absolutely wild saxophones wheezing in front of heavy, heavy guitar riffs that genuinely sound even more frightening and dark than the previous energies carried on this fantastic album.
Overall, Ill Considered 6 is a denser release than Ill Considered 5, with a more dynamic and aggressive tone that is a perfect antidote to the previous release. Listen to Ill Considered 6 below via Bandcamp, and make sure you support the music!