Mattias Decraene’s sensationally strident sax parts elevate the hypnotising grooves of rhythmic duo Lennert Jacobs (The Germans / Hong Kong Dong) and Simon Segers (De Beren Gieren / Absynthe Minded) to an ecstatic level. The almost alarming sound that stems from this combination leaves every listener in the kind of cinematic daze that would enthuse even directors like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino.
But is it jazz? Who cares?! As prodigies of the new wave of Belgian jazz, Mattias and his two soulmates effortlessly marry the virtuosity and free spirit of jazz to influences from the other end of the musical spectrum: from tribal rhythms and roots to far out electronics.
It makes it hard to categorise their music – unless the category ‘extraordinary’ counts of course!