Hear European quartet Scopes’ new album

The group formed last year.

The European quartet Scopes formed just last year, but have not wasted any time making their recorded debut: Their eponymous album arrived via Whirlwind Recordings late last week.

The nine-track album rounds out at 47 minutes, and occasionally collects inspiration from various unexpected sources: “Chamberlain” is named for sculptor John Chamberlain, who is famous for his automobile scrap metal art, while a story by Michael Ende inspired “Aquaponies” (a charming term for seahorses).

Austrian drummer Mathias Ruppnig and German bassist Tom Berkmann, who originally met in New York, started the group, later bringing French keyboardist Tony Tixier and Dutch saxophonist Ben van Gelder into the fold.

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