In 2016 Pique-Nique Recordings launched with an ode to the Moroccan art of Gnawa music. Taking some time to ready two follow-ups in 2018, we can present news of the first from label co-founder Jackson Milas. A departure from North Africa and into the realm of jazz, it’s the debut solo work from the Sydney native, now based in Paris, and the first single for his album dropping next year.
‘December 21st’ is a winter warmer in name and appearance. Arranged from multiple takes of improvisation in the spirit of late Talk Talk albums, it “echoes the feeling of being in a major city right before Christmas”, says Jackson, “when the place empties out and a sense of solitude begins to set in.” Sonically, it comes as close to an embodiment of a warm, crackling fire as you could with four musicians: Tim Lefebvre of David Bowie’s Blackstar band on upright bass, Robby Sinclair on drums and percussion and Troy Simms on alto sax and Jackson on piano, arrangement and production. Former Nicolas Jaar collaborator Dave Harrington takes care of the mix, putting the finishing touches to a sublime introduction to a new artist and the diversification of a young label gearing up for an intriguing 2018.
December 21st is released late January as a limited hand stamped 7″. Pre-order from Bandcamp.