Under the Reefs Orchestra’s ‘ANTS’ is a psychedelic jazz rock triumph

New album due September 2022 via Capitane Records.

Belgian experimental collective Under the Reefs Orchestra return with a brand new release ‘ANTS’, lifted from the band’s forthcoming album due this September through Capitane Records. 

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

The band say: “‘Ants’ Follows our first single ‘Sakurajima’ (whose name come from the famous Japanese volcano), this new track is equally eruptive, but with perhaps even more shimmering sonic colours. It is a dialogue with the saxophone of Marti Melia and alternates between hot and cold moments, between sultry swells and feverish accents. The music sounds like the orchestration of a great climactic event, as if both musicians on the Titanic and the drowning passengers were all making music in concert.”

‘Ants’ is accompanied by a spectacular live session shot on a rooftop in Brussels just a few days ago. Under The Reefs Orchestra perform an incandescent versions of ‘Ants along with another title to be released track ‘Heliodrome. Directed by Kevin Antoine and François Dubois. Served by a beautiful light, the session shows all the power of performance of an extraordinary group.

Under The Reefs Orchestra’s second album will be released on September 16 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. 

ANTS / 21 June