AOTY 2018

New Hymn to Freedom

Szun Waves - New Hymn to Freedom
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #31 / 705
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2018 Ratings: #365
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
The Leaf Label / Label
Nu Jazz, Ambient / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
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.

90
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.
85
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.

80
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.

72
Pitchfork

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.

ChrisMan
80
Combining electronic and ambient noises surprising works pretty well creating this image of a cybernetic city in my mind where all things are terrible but everyone just accept it and moves on with their lives endless for me. Honestly I think that this album could bring a different image to my head each time I listen to it. I definitely worth a listen but you have to definitely be in the right mod for it.
MasterCrackfox
78
One of the more interesting and complex albums of the year, this takes electronic and ambient soundscapes and combines them with elements of jazz to create some of the more stellar experimental work of the year, vibrant with emotion. What is far more impressive is the fact that all this is translated into an album by three musicians and the whole thing is done improvised. That alone should impress you, as few and far between could a group create something this challenging and dynamic at all, ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#29/Loud and Quiet
#39/The Quietus
#74/Drift

Track List

  1. Constellation
  2. Fall Into Water
  3. High Szun
  4. Temple
  5. Moon Runes
  6. New Hymn to Freedom
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Added on: May 19, 2018