Before we get into this, let me just say: Dig that album cover! Forreal, if four pasty dudes are comfortable standing around in towels on the cover of their record, then this is going to be some good music. It’s a rule. Like the whoosh thing.
Anyhow, BADBADNOTGOOD is an intriguing setup. They’re a Toronto-based jazz quartet which originally caught people’s attention by their bombastic, jazzy instrumental covers of rap songs. Yeah. In fact, their first two records were pretty much mostly covers of tracks by artists such as Nas, Tyler the Creator, Jay Dilla, and many other hip-hop acts. And they’re pretty damn good at it too, landing notable contributions with some of the people they’ve covered, such as 2014’s SOUR SOUL with Tony Starks himself, Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan.
With their last two albums the group has moved away from hip-hop covers. Instead they’re creating their own compositions, fully establishing themselves as a talented act with the musical chops to go far, definitely seen in their recently-released album, IV. I’ve been enjoying the album for a minute, a rather focused, serious, and evocative listen, which has some really good musical moments.
“Time Moves Slow,” featuring Sam Herring of the group Future Islands is one song in particular which stands out to me. This track is simply beautiful. It’s lonesome, contemplative, and full of yearning, with a smooth drum, organ, and guitar lick that suits Herring’s pained vocals perfectly. It’s a track perfect for a late night burn, one which will will definitely stir some feelings of melancholy, but absolutely worth it.