Ewan Jansen – Country Music Ep
From Inner Balance, ....but yes Red Ember is back in action and our boy Goiz has his debut release on it, grab it now.
Red Ember Records is still legendary in certain circles despite shutting up shop 15 years ago. After some time out of the public eye, though, Ewan Jansen himself is still very much in business, and here he is with three brand new cuts on Inner Balance, the new sister-label of Chez Damier’s illustrious Chicago imprint Balance Recordings. After the appropriately pastoral intro to ‘Harvest’ we dive headlong into a flurry of vibrant, Detroit-influenced programming of the kind kept alive all these years by Rei Loci and Kirk Degiorgio. ‘Sines of Life’ takes a well-earned breather on the flip, its laid-back setting and all-enveloping bass a massage for the weary body and soul. Finally the mood turns playful on ‘Square Dance’, the chopped, breaksy and off-key groove at home alongside UK technicians Norken, Herbert and Ben Neville. It’s rare for people to stay on their game for this long but, as this EP aptly demonstrates, Ewan Jansen is no ordinary musician.