UK quartet The Fabulous Red Diesel transport us to a world of musical bliss framed by moments of sprightly fun and melancholic reflection on eighth studio album Goddess The Seahorse.
Filled with a sumptuous blend of emotional, thought-provoking song writing and hypnotic vocals, the 14-track collection comes to life with twinkling piano, bouncing double bass, subtle e-bow guitar, vibrant brass, and tight, swinging drums that surrounds us with warmth and delight.
The album opens with the expansive “Summer End,” displaying the spirit of vibrant and atmospheric jazz instrumentation embellished with swinging drum percussions and piano-led alluring vocals.
Next, the album's standout lead single, “Symmetry,” with its swelling layers of jazz sonics, delves deep into the mind of Ms Kitty as she holds a defiant imagined conversation with her deceased father, sharing her innermost thoughts and too-late realisations, ultimately, embracing freedom from her father's expectations.
Halfway through, the album plunges into moody songwriting with tracks like "Joe Cool," "Goddess The Seahorse," and "Vessel," backdropped by the soaring guitars and mounting vocals. The mood effortlessly transitions from moments of melancholic introspection to bursts of sense of joyous freedom with high-energy jazz on anthems like "Grooving Around," and "Thank-You," and the psychedelic number "Boneyard.” The album closes with the gorgeous "Somewhere Beautiful," leaving listeners on an optimistic note.
With an uplifting vibe at its centre, the lyrically and sonically diverse production is a testament to the band's astonishing artistry, rooted in a classic jazz spirit alongside a fresh vibe that pushes their sonic horizons, establishing The Fabulous Red Diesel as a force to be reckoned with.