Drawing on punk rock, shoegaze, hip-hop and electronic music, Seattle-based jazz collective High Pulp have released a new single entitled ‘You’ve Got To Pull It Up From The Ground’ today. Featuring US trumpet player Theo Croker, it is the fourth track to be lifted from their new album, ‘Pursuit Of Ends’, which is out on ANTI- Records at the end of this week.
“‘Pull It Up…’ is really a concept that is at the core of the band,” explains High Pulp drummer Bobby Granfelt. “It’s sort of about magic, will, and self-love. It’s a concept based in the idea that things are already where they need to be, and it’s about unearthing what is already there as opposed to creating something ‘new’.”
He adds: “During COVID we spent a lot of time listening to Miles Davis’ Second Quintet. The drum solo at the start of ‘Pull It Up…’ was inspired by ‘Agitation’ from his ‘E.S.P.’ album. There’s something about that quintet that is so awe-inspiring. I think it’s the way they have such a deep shared concept which allows them to improvise in a meaningful way.”
High Pulp’s own brand of experimental jazz is both vintage and futuristic all at once, hinting at times to everything from Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to Aphex Twin and My Bloody Valentine. ‘Pursuit Of Ends’ balances meticulous composition with visceral spontaneity, while the instrumental performances are nothing short of virtuosic, fuelled by raw, ecstatic horn runs ducking and weaving their way around thick bass lines and dizzying percussion.
“When you put us all together, our sound isn’t so much a fusion as it is a synthesis. There are a lot of different personalities coming from many different places, and we use it all as fuel to create something that’s totally our own,” concludes Granfelt.
Antoine Martel – keyboards
Victory Nguyen – saxophone, flute & trumpet
Andrew Morrill – saxophone
Bobby Granfelt – drums & percussion
Rob Homan – keyboards
Kaeli Earle – bass
Trevor Eulau – guitar