New Music: Brendan Eder Ensemble – Three

I first discovered Brendan Eder Ensemble back in November last year through their funky and unexpected piece HOP. Now the group, who feature members of HAIM and Knower, are back with a new persona.

By Graeme Smith

For their latest track, they have taken on the character of Edward Blankman, a retired dentist who made obscure jazz in the 1970s. Three is one of Edward’s creations. Compared to HOP it’s a downbeat, sombre affair. A mournful electric piano opens things before gentle brass and drums join it.

Though the backstory sounds whimsical, the jazz is certainly well-formed and the ensemble has re-created the warm ’70s sound perfectly. Check out Three below.