You. Me. Them.
file under: jazz
release October 18, 2019
Escape Argot, the trio of eminent musicians from Switzerland led by the drummer Christoph Steiner (known from the band Hildegard lernt fliegen), released their first album together in March 2018. Still Writing Letters celebrated very positive international resonance. Der Bund from Bern praised the â€śimprovisational playfulnessâ€ť of the â€śdaring and tremendously nimble trioâ€ť and Bird Is The Worm was amazed, â€śhow suddenly theyâ€™re able to shift into the most delicate phrasings, making the transition seem as natural as thunder to lightning, pressure into peace.â€ś The Badische Zeitung [Baden Newspaper] from Freiburg stated: â€śEscape Argot accomplishes the feat of transferring the seemingly disparate into an overall homogenous sound.â€ť
Their second release, You. Me. Them., builds upon the established concept and refines it. The energy level is similar, but dynamically Escape Argot moves up a gear. Christoph Steiner placed great value on this aspect while writing the new pieces. Consequently the range now reaches from lyrical, almost somewhat melancholic passages, like in the opening piece The Remains Of Lightness, to lurking restraint in Get That Poison Off That Tongue and all the way to forcefully gripping crescendos, which particularly escalate in improvisations. Some tracks might begin relatively calmly, but gain volume and tempo over time. Just like on the debut album, the musicâ€™s straight vibe can also fascinate rock fans and takes you along on journeys full of discoveries. Deliberately the some of the pieces do not return to their starting point in the end. Along the way they sidestep surprisingly or are jauntily shaken up by bumpy terrain. ... read more