Ishmael Ensemble's latest release, The Chapel, drops today via Severn Songs.
The Chapel marks the first 7" in a series for Severn Songs that will eventually be compiled into a full-length album. The series looks to pay tribute to Bristol and its surrounding regions, playing out like a beautiful ode to the group's lynchpin Pete Cunningham's hometown, whilst also expanding on the rich and diverse sonic palette laid out on previous releases by the group.
The record opens with the affecting cut "The Chapel," which unfolds like a shimmering stone skipping across a lake, before the broken-beat grooves of "Full Circle" arrive, accompanied by an engrossing array of instrumentation and textural flurries that put a stamp on a standout release.
The release lands today alongside a transfixing video by Amie Nowlan for "Full Circle," which can be streamed in full via the player below. Each 7" vinyl also includes a linocut print poster insert of the original artwork by Pete's dad Andy Cunningham.
You can pick up The Chapel here.