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Future Flight – Self-titled EP – Album Review

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The jazz-pop scene always seem to be ripe with gems, but few mix the blues into their foundation. Montreal band Future Flight manage to bridge this gap intensely on their Self-titled EP, with echoes of Kimbra, Amy Winehouse and even a little Sam Cooke to keep things bright. The EP comes out on February 6th with the band playing a live set the same night at Le Cheval Blanc in Montreal to celebrate.

The album opens on the sultry groove of “Keep On Trying” feeling reminiscent of Kimbra’s “Come Into My Head” but with more blues than jazz. The vocals drive every inch of this song from the heavy hits to the organ driven choruses, only leaving room for the vicious solo that bites into the groove before tearing it to shreds until the song ends.

Although a little slow to hit its stride, “Trouble With My Heart” slowly worms its groove into your mind until you can’t shake it. But it’s the song’s breakdown section, stripped down to just rhythm and vocals, that is the finest hour, peaking as singer Nadia Bashalani cries “And it won’t go away” a lick so go good it feels familiar the first time you hear it. The song jumps into a playfully epic solo before Bashalani belts her heart out over the song’s final chorus.

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Listening to “Running” one feels like they’ve stumbled a upon a lost track from Grease or Hairspray as juicy guitar lines and chocolaty bass play off each other with joyful fun. The solo oozes summer in its bright tones and light nature, and the song’s happiness is painfully contagious.

The bass is comfortingly smooth on “Open Arms” as it professes a love that can cure all. Its solo is relaxing like a beer on a warm afternoon and doesn’t outstay its welcome. Just as the song starts to feel a tad long, a heart-melting saxophone joins the band bringing a delightful twist. The album ends on the gritty guitar of “Toy Doll” with Bashalani asserting her independence over a mistreating lover. Her and the guitars work together to drive the chorus message “I don’t owe you anything” home with intensity, and the guitars even go so far as to put in some over-time. The final chorus ends passionately as the band jams out together showing the endless energy of a band who has the potential to bring blues back to the mainstream. 

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You can connect with Future Flight on Facebook, Twitter and BandCamp!

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