Belgian experimental collective Under The Reefs Orchestra are back with their new track, “ANTS,” and accompanying live video. Check it out right here at New Noise.
The Brussels-based band is led by guitarist Clément Nourry, also including saxophonist Marti Melia and drummer Jakob Warmenbol, who are members of punk jazz band Don Kapot. The trio embrace an improvised, free-form style and have worked extensively in the vibrant Brussels music scene.
Their new album, Sakurajima, evokes both apocalyptic and divine images and textures, hearkening to the contemporary chaos we all live in and simultaneously providing an escape.
The track is a genre-bending space rock oddity, with ab lend of jazz and kraut rock influences, affirming the band’s place as top contenders in the alternative rock scene.
“‘Ants’ Follows our first single ‘Sakurajima’ (whose name come from the famous Japanese volcano), this new track is equally eruptive, but with perhaps even more shimmering sonic colours,” the band say. “It is a dialogue with the saxophone of Marti Melia and alternates between hot and cold moments, between sultry swells and feverish accents. The music sounds like the orchestration of a great climactic event, as if both musicians on the Titanic and the drowning passengers were all making music in concert.”
The track comes with a new live video, shot on a rooftop in Brussels. Under The Reefs Orchestra perform “ANTS” and another title, the yet-to-be-released track, “Heliodrome.” The band’s second album is out September.
Watch the live rooftop session of “ANTS” and “Heliodrome” here:
Photo courtesy of Under the Reefs Orchestra