Nicolay has returned with The Hot At Nights to release a nine-track project in Glaciers. With jazz trio of Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, and Nick Baglio, we get a nice jazz-esque fusion with Nicolay’s sound. Instrumental jazzy goodness. You can stream below or from Spotify and purchase the project below from iTunes.
Glaciers is straight ride music – there isn’t one song on this album that won’t have its listening experience improved by playing it in a car going nowhere in particular – and this, too, isn’t a coincidence. The firm of Boerner, Baglio, Douglas & Nic have been playing and touring together in various guises for years, refreshing their curriculum at every opportunity. There is always groove and lilt and a slick, knowing humor in their music, but it is always carried and earned through powerful musicianship. Most importantly, there is always reach, always an expansion of their musical agenda through complex arrangements and broad compositional risks. This has been true over a handful of albums from both The Hot At Nights and Nicolay independently, but never has their reach been as long as it is on Glaciers. There is a freedom to this album bordering on thematic, a sense of narrative pull that wants to take you somewhere as a movement. “Now The Coast Is Clear” and “Tell Me Something New” are both deceptively laconic songs, hinting at the sonic scope of the album to come, but without much in the way of bells or whistles. They rely solely on muscular songwriting here, with a tone that is vast. If landscapes could be made into soundscapes, the first three songs on Glaciers are Exhibits A-C. “The Current” gives us the shades of the softer side of Madhouse my computer was trying to tell me was there. Douglas’ wind work carries the tune here, literally and figuratively, with a dense series of melodic glides that jump back and forth between a hopping jazz and something downright pastoral. “Behind Your Door” is the Tears for Fears jazz song you never heard but knew was out there the whole time. – Via Foreign Exchange’s Website