Track premiere \\ Terrace Martin’s The Pollyseeds reveal ‘Up and Away’

Perspective is a powerful thing; nurture informs our nature. Producer and musician Terrace Martin – like many artists before him – represents his LA neighbourhood with pride and awareness. Crenshaw, the epicentre of Black and Latino Los Angeles, has birthed impactful musicians and musical experiences; treasured venue Maverick’s Flat on Crenshaw Boulevard once featured acts such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, and Parliament. Legendary composer Danny Elfman calls the district home, whilst Kendrick Lamar and Dr Dre headline a list of significant creators from neighbouring Compton. With each creative work – whether unwittingly or purposefully – artists will represent their home cloths, giving us a viewpoint of life experiences from the place they call home. If this is true, then the debut album from Terrace Martin’s The Pollyseeds is panoramic.

Up and Away is the second track to be revealed from Sounds of Crenshaw Vol.1, and features Terrace Martin on vocoder, guitarist Marlon Williams, baritone saxophonist Adam Turchin, drummer Trevor Lawrence (AKA TrevBeats) and Rose Gold on additional vocals. Between them they’ve played with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop DoggAlicia Keys, Boyz II Men and Herbie Hancock. As with many of the tracks on the album, Up and Away is sparse. Like Crenshaw – away from the inner city claustrophobia of LA – it has room to breathe and reflect. Martin plays with his vocoder trademark throughout, but without overkill. He floats loosely above Lawrence’s tight snaps. It’s a meditative track that is in no hurry, leaving an impression without a laboured effort. It sounds like driving down the Boulevard with the top down at dusk. It sounds like Crenshaw.

 

Kamasi Washington and Chachi also feature on the album, which is released 14 July on Ropeadope.

 

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JS | Tina Edwards

 

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