Ocean In A Drop

Gogo Penguin

SKU: 7788809

Barcode: 0602577888090

14.00 £14.00
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released Date: 27th September 2019
  • Buying Format:
    10" EP/Mini Album


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UK trio GoGo Penguin (pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner) deliver the new EP, Ocean in a Drop: Music for Film. The five tracks draw inspiration from GGP’s celebrated live soundtrack for Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 cult doc Koyaanisqatsi and follows GoGo Penguin’s critically acclaimed 2018 album A Humdrum Star. Different worlds have always collided in the sound of the trio; they conjure richly atmospheric music that draws from their shared love of electronica, their grounding in classical conservatoires and jazz ensembles alongside indie bands, and a merging of acoustic and electronic techniques. The band has an affinity for poetry, too – the EP’s title nods to a quote from 13th-century Sufi scholar Rumi: “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

The inspiration for the recording came from the audience response to their live performances of the original score. “People kept asking if we’d release the music as an album, but that didn’t feel right to us,” Chris explains. “The film has a great score already, but we really enjoyed the project and specifically writing music for film, so that provided the inspiration for Ocean in a Drop.” The electrifying intensity of GGP’s live performance has translated to this record too. “Performing the soundtrack live is hugely demanding, both physically and mentally, and the recording was no different,” Chris continues. “We recorded the tracks together live like we have with our previous recordings, not overdubbing and layering individual parts together.”

There is an immersive power within the finest detail of Ocean in a Drop, and an emotional resonance that lingers, even beyond the final note or frame.

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Track Listings

  1. Time-Lapse City
  2. Control Shift
  3. Four Corners
  4. Ocean in a Drop
  5. Nessus

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