British jazz quartet Empirical have dropped an EP titled Indifference Culture.
Following 2016’s Connection, which was released on Cuneiform Records, this six-track release is the band’s first on their own label, Empirical Music. It’s also the first of two EPs that the band have crafted in response to societal upheaval and political tumult.
Indifference Culture, the band notes, captures the improvisational chemistry that they’ve refined over more than 130 sets for their Pop-up Jazz Lounge sessions around the UK. Empirical kicked off the series in 2016 by setting up a jazz lounge in a tube station in London, playing to more than 2,800 visitors in six days.
“We went into the studio soon after one of our pop-up residencies,” bassist Tom Farmer said in a statement. “After such an intense run of gigs we were completely fired up and it was a case of ‘Let’s just play!’”
Drummer Shaney Forbes added, “Even though the four us have been playing music together for more than ten years, we are still always excited to explore the creative possibilities that come out of our instrumentation and the fact that all four of us contribute to the music. It actually feels like we’ve only just begun that exploration.”
Stream the EP below: