There’s something easy to connect to with this band, something pure and simple and engrossing, something universal. Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet, the Bakersfield, California, quartet of Jordan Aguirre on electric guitar & organ, Andrew Koeth on electric bass & organ, Brenndan Morlan on electric guitar & electric bass, and Alex Sarad on drums & percussion, have been working together for five years now, syncing up and making sweet vibes. Yet their new album, 2, produced by Chris Schlarb, a man who certainly knows how to put out a spiritual groove, is a complete and utter delight that cannot be denied.
The group’s melding of Ethiopian influences, a brand of psychedelic funk that would make Frank Zappa proud, and the capacity to make horns sound chill, this is the kind of music that can pop up anywhere and folks not inclined to jazz would take note and start asking questions. This is music that gets results because it comes from a place of real connection. Cop this album; play it at a party; have all your non-jazz friends dig it, it’s super digable.
2, the sophomore album from the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet, is out now Trouble In Mind Records.
2 was mastered by Matthew David McQueen (Leaving Records/Dublab), with psychedelic artwork by Bruno Borges. This is an LP-only release, pressed on black vinyl & includes a download code.
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.