New Hymn to Freedom

Szun Waves - New Hymn to Freedom
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #92 / 760
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2018 Ratings: #363
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.

This is an outstanding album. Szun Waves put together a project that combines electronic and jazz elements in a pretty intriguing way. I’ve heard many projects that attempt blending the two genre’s but this one is unique in the sense that it focuses a bit more on the electronic side to set the tone and generate its atmosphere with ambient components. Its jazz elements are more subtle, but still greatly enhance the overall listening experience. It’s a beautiful fuse of the two ... read more
Un viaje de ida completamente placentero al interior de su composición libre. Magnífico experimento sonoro.
The british trio gathered once again to experiment on the sonic construction that will allow to the few attendants to swirl freely to its new hymn of improvised beauty.
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.
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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Added on: May 19, 2018