Under the Reefs Orchestra fuse jazz and rock on melancholic ‘Mendoza’

Under the Reefs Orchestra

From new album ‘Sakurajima’ out now via Capitane Records

Belgian experimental collective Under the Reefs Orchestra are pleased to share the final focus track ‘Mendoza’, lifted from the band’s new album ‘Sakurajime’ out now through Capitane Records. 

A genre bending space rock oddity, peppered with jazz and kraut rock influences, ‘Mendoza’ once again places the band firmly at the forefront of the alternative rock scene.

The band say: “It is a melancholic song about drinking wine and riding horses during a warm night in Mendoza. Our new album shows the volcanic side of Under the Reefs Orchestra. Excited to release it and to go back to our primal love for music: live playing and improvisation.”

Under The Reefs Orchestra’s second album is out now on Capitane Records.

About Under The Reefs Orchestra

Under the Reefs Orchestra is a volcanic power trio that navigates between hypnotic post rock and stormy jazz. Grasping for the infinite and always threatening total combustion, their music finds its cruising speed in the storm of permanent upheaval.

Based in Brussels and led by guitarist Clément Nourry, the group also includes saxophonist Marti Melia and drummer Jakob Warmenbol, both of them members of the punk jazz band Don Kapot. These three musicians have worked extensively throughout the kenetic Brussels music scene, and bring their unique individual voices together in an improvised and free form style. Under the Reefs Orchestra is following up their eponymous 2020 debut album with Sakurajima, an album which evokes images and textures that are both apocalyptic and divine and echoes the contemporary chaos that surrounds us all. But neither is their music ‘commentary’, and its instrumental quality functions equally as an escape. Heliodrome is led by the guitar work of Clément Nourry while also allowing generous space for the dynamic saxophone work of Marti Melia, and is as much 19th century chamber music as it is Jim O’Rourke, Soundgarden, King Crimson, or Morphine. The immediacy of Under the Reefs Orcheatra’s music allows the listener to freely seize a profusion of moods and states of being. 

Mendoza / 23 Sep