Seemingly taking as much inspiration from Steve Reich as they are from Hiatus Kaiyote, Manchester-based Plume weave rich melodies into complex, pulsing polyrhythms – locating a sweet spot between texture, experimentation and groove. All four members are graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music, bringing technical expertise and a range of musical influences to the melting pot, incorporating the perfect amount of eclecticism into the overall mix.
Ambient passages segue into calypso on ‘Second Sleep’, while Reich’s famous ‘Clapping Music’ pattern forms the backbone of their innovative take on John Martyn’s ‘Don’t Want To Know’. The four-piece also draw on the expansive sensibilities of contemporary electronic music, creating soundscapes that should seem far beyond the reaches of the traditional setup of two guitars, vocals and drums. Call it live electronica, call it neo-jazz, call it what you like – it’s quality music for contemporary ears.
Plume have been busy in the studio recording their new Limefield EP, and you can hear their tune ‘Slow Up’ above.
The band launch the EP on Friday 14th October at one of Manchester’s most beloved haunts, The Castle Hotel. Tickets and more information here.