Waste, by The Space Boat House Band

Sometimes, you just want to kick back and listen to some musicians jam.

One night I found myself in this mood, and discovered The Space Boat House Band. They were a Jazz-Fusion outfit from Minneapolis, Minnesota with a gift for modest experimentation and chill jam sessions.

Of all these sessions, projects and sonic-doodles, I landed knee-deep in Waste – a 5 track project from the group, resulting in a meandering and satisfying experience.

I felt as if I was sitting in a basement with old friends as they plucked, pounded and noodled away on a collection of instruments, floating along wherever the energy of the atmosphere took them…

The group do a nice job of grafting together sloppy jazz improvisations with borderline industrial sound experiments.

Tracks like Landfill serve to be almost entirely atmospheric – with an emphasis on deconstruction and sparse use of found sounds. By contrast, the two FNW tracks are considerably more tight and focused. Waste I perfectly balances the two sides of the coin – with sounds evolving across an impressive diversity of musical ideas and formidable guitar effects.

Waste is a lovely little listening experience that will likely put a smile on your face. I know personally it conjured up some nostalgic feelings for me – a sound soaked in both innocence and purpose….

Unfortunately, between the time I discovered Waste and the writing of this article, The Space Boat House Band are broken up. I look forward to hearing what the members will do moving forward, and wish them all the best!

You can stream and download the album now via the groups Bandcamp page.

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