Jeremy Cunningham, drummer and member of Chicago jazz ensemble Resavoir, has released “Sleep” and “1985.” These two tracks open his forthcoming debut album, The Weather Up There.
The ethereal “Sleep” opens with a moving recollection by Cunningham’s mother, which helps illuminate the heartbreaking story behind The Weather Up There: Cunningham wrote the album in response to the loss of his brother Andrew, who was killed in a home invasion in 2008. “1985,” on the other hand, is a decidedly more muscular number, with guest Jeff Parker’s electric guitar snarling and twisting throughout the composition.
“I wrote The Weather Up There to confront the loss of my brother Andrew to gun violence, who died in a home invasion robbery some ten years ago. My brother was a kind soul, and I used those warm memories of him to illustrate his life as a counterpoint to the pieces that confront his tragic end,” Cunningham said in a statement. “Recorded accounts from my family and friends appear throughout the album to show just how far the ripple effect of gun violence extends through a community.”
Besides Resavoir—who released their self-titled debut last year—Cunningham has also played with Von Freeman, Jeff Parker, Chris Foreman, Marquis Hill and Greg Ward. He will be putting out songs from The Weather Up There episodically, dropping a track or two every week up until the album’s full release on February 28.
“Sleep” and “1985” were also released alongside a mini-documentary, directed by Connor Lane, about Cunningham and The Weather Up There. Stream the new songs below:
And watch the mini-documentary here: