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Juniper

| Slowly Rolling Camera

Worldwide Release: 6th July 2018
Format: CD / LP / DN / Streaming
CD Barcode: 5060509790449
LP Barcode: 5060509790456
CD Cat #: EDN1115
LP Cat #: EDNLP1115

DAVE STAPLETON keyboards
DERI ROBERTS electronics
ELLIOT BENNETT drums

All music by Dave Stapleton
Produced by Slowly Rolling Camera

ABOUT
Juniper is the emphatic and uplifting third album from Cardiff based Slowly Rolling Camera and their strongest and most impactful statement yet. Masterminded by Edition label boss Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts and drummer Elliot Bennett, Juniper fuses expansive jazz grooves with rich cinematic soundscapes marking the beginning of a new era for the group, anchoring new instrumental roots whilst bringing together a dynamic instrumental team of ex-Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum, bassist Aidan Thorne and Belgian saxophonist Nicolas Kummert. With Juniper the band have returned to the original vision of their instrumental roots and the result is vibrant, bold and excitingly fresh.

The new music sustains their lush aural trajectory, evoking comparisons with the Cinematic Orchestra, blending strong melodies, big grooves and surprising turns of phrase, instilled with an expansive emotional gravitas. Colliding worlds of jazz, trip-hop and cinematic soundscapes, this music is a rich culmination of 15 years of friendship and making music together.

Gigs:
16th June – Pizza Express, London – Recorded for Jazz Now, Radio 3
13th July – North Sea Jazz Festival
18th Oct – Kings Place, London

As Stapleton explains: ‘Originally, the band formed as an instrumental led project, merging progressive jazz beats with a more cinematic and produced sensibility. What emerged was something totally unexpected and epic, shaping the music and production more and more around Dionne Bennett’s expansive and rich vocal. However, for this new album, we wanted to re-ignite that early vision whilst retaining those production values. This album draws on all the musical and personal experiences we’ve had over the last 15 years, whilst engaging audiences with a blend of strong melodies, rhythmical hooks and improvisation. Without those earlier experiments and the first few albums this would’ve never happened’.

At the heart of the band and the album is the keyboards of Dave Stapleton, the drumming of Elliot Bennett and the production of Deri Roberts. With a history of working together since they met at music college in Cardiff 15 years ago, the trio share a vision but bring together a diverse and unique set of influences. It’s this combination and blend that provides the backbone to their bold soundworld.

The path is now set for a new wave of exploration for the band. Juniper is epic in conception and uplifting in spirit, based on the idea the their music is the culmination of diverse influences into one unified sound.

Past Quotes:
‘Soundscape that has been compared with the Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead, but which throws Supremes-reminiscent vocal choruses and Coltranesque sax flights in for good measure – Superb!’. GUARDIAN

‘Totally unlike anything else out there at the moment’. BBC RADIO WALES

‘Calls to mind the electronic soundscape makers like Cinematic Orchestra. This is heaven sent’. SHROPSHIRE STAR

If you’d throw James Blake, Portishead, Bonobo, Air, Massive Attack into a blender and flavor it with a dash of St. Germain or De’Phazz, the end result would be pretty damn close to the sound of Slowly Rolling Camera. BEATS AND BEYOND

‘A jazzed-up Bristol-style trip-hop affair and ethereal drum and bass rhythms’. CRACK MAGAZINE

CD Track-listing //
1. Juniper 7.44 2/ . Helsinki 5.54 / 3. A Thousand Lights 2.45 / 4. Hyperloop 5.26 / 5. Crossings 7.05 6. Nature’s Ratio 1.56 / 7. The Outlier 5.28 / 8. Eight Days 5.53

LP Track-listing //
Side A: 1. Juniper 7.44 2 / 2. Helsinki 5.54 / 3. A Thousand Lights 2.45 / 4. Hyperloop 5.26
Side B: 5. Crossings 7.05 / 6. Nature’s Ratio 1.56 / 7. The Outlier 5.28 / 8. Eight Days 5.53

CREDITS //

DAVE STAPLETON keyboards
DERI ROBERTS electronics
ELLIOT BENNETT drums
STUART McCALLUM guitar
NEIL YATES trumpet
NICOLAS KUMMERT saxophones
MARK LOCKHEART saxophones
AIDAN THORNE double bass

All music by Dave Stapleton
Produced by Slowly Rolling Camera
Additional Musicians:
Tom Barford tenor & soprano saxophone
James Copus trumpet
Sam Glaser alto saxophone

Recorded by Slowly Rolling Camera
Mixed by Deri Roberts and Andy Allan

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