The Breathing Effect is a virtuosic jazz fusion duo with roots in both Los Angeles and New York. Their new track Cold Meteor Showers (released via the ever-awesome Alpha Pup Records) is absolutely mind-blowing, and you can stream it just below.
The track begins with a swirling synth line which spins the listener round and round before orienting him with a concise and clean hi-hat driven beat. Drippy synth tones are layered on bit by bit as the track progresses – and indeed, progression is the name of the game for the Breathing Effect. It’s not proggy in a sense that’s disruptive or clunky, though; each segment of the song is smoothly laid-out and seems to breathe (excuse my punning) with an effortless flow which is finessed so well by those well-versed in jazz. The more I listen to this track, the more I become convinced that writing about it is kind of a futile exercise. Chords speak more loudly than words, and “Cold Meteor Showers” is extremely successful in showering the listener with a variety of tonal approaches and interpretations that are at once entrancing and seductive. It’s both thoughtful and thoughtless music – there’s restraint at play, but also something effortless and free which is harder to describe. I almost want to make a reference to Tame Impala, because as the track artwork and title imply, this is truly spaced-out music. At the five-minute mark, the feel changes drastically to a more driving and energetic vibe – a truly compelling climax to a wonderfully well-developed track. Honestly I’m on board with any band that puts out a seven minute sonic exploration in place of a hooky ‘single’; this isn’t some technical math rock crap full to the brim with unnecessary polyrhythms. This is breath, this is life! Hehe. I’m so contrite today.