New Hymn to Freedom

Szun Waves - New Hymn to Freedom
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #23 / 598
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Based on 22 ratings
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
The Leaf Label / Label
Nu Jazz, Ambient / Genres
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A.V. Club

New Hymn To Freedom, the English trio’s second album, is a remarkably lucid 45 minutes of spontaneous composition, a civilization of sound and emotion conjured from nothing more than the in-the-moment interplay between keyboardist Luke Abbott, saxophonist Jack Wylie, and drummer Lawrence Pike.

Drowned in Sound
This is a superb album by three supremely talented musicians. More than that, it is an ideal reminder of the perfection that – even in today’s digital climate – can still be reached through letting three such talents simply play in a room together. Undoubtedly one of the true highlights of 2018.
The Line of Best Fit

The result is that rarest of things: an improvised album that sounds so perfect, you’d think it was all planned.

Loud and Quiet

These six tracks are complex compositions, but Szun Waves write and perform with the freshness that could trick you into thinking it poured right out of their heads.


New Hymn to Freedom feels like a wonderfully rollicking coming-out party, consistently stormy and stirring in ways that the trio’s debut only hinted they could be.

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Track List

  1. Constellation
  2. Fall Into Water
  3. High Szun
  4. Temple
  5. Moon Runes
  6. New Hymn to Freedom

Added on: May 19, 2018