Absolutely majestic. Was blown away seeing these guys live in London and really excited to learn that they are just as good recorded. Real mix of tunes from the rockier to the melodic - always classy. Can't wait to see them again.
Favorite track: First Breath.
Lots of great stuff going on here. Some clear funk inspiration with lots of fusion elements. Musicianship is great with each player clearly demonstrating tremendous skill. Highly recommended!
Favorite track: Tracks.
"Sweet, lyrical passages blend with impossible prog-like time signatures to create a fresh, modern sound with its own distinctive character"
Peter Jones, LondonJazzNews
"Gritty rock-powered guitar improv"
John Fordham, The Guardian
"Incredible musicianship, tight and crisp"
Jez Nelson, Jazz FM
"...alchemical infusions of jazz, prog, metal and pop make for a vibrant mix of the visceral and vertiginous, combining melody and soundscape to startling effect"
Spencer Grady, Jazzwise
FLYING MACHINES play emotive and dramatic music, drawing upon influences as diverse as jazz, pop, progressive rock and metal to create an utterly unique and modern sound.
Formed by guitarist Alex Munk in 2014, FLYING MACHINES features some of the most innovative young musicians to emerge in recent years from the UK jazz scene, Matt Robinson on piano/keyboards, Conor Chaplin on electric bass and Dave Hamblett on drums. Centred on Alex's unique compositional approach, FLYING MACHINES fuse visceral, rock-out guitar improv with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes. It's a sound shot through with the here and now of London's cutting-edge music scene, a decadent mash up of free-wheeling improvisations, prog rock energy and ambient meditations that never detracts from the emotive lyricism at the music's core.
released October 14, 2016
Alex Munk - Guitars
Matt Robinson - Piano, Synth, Fender Rhodes
Conor Chaplin - Bass
Dave Hamblett - Drums
All compositions by Alex Munk
Produced by Alex Munk
Recorded at the Chairworks, Castleford 19-21/8/2015
Except 'First Breath' recorded at ATA Studios, Leeds 6/10/2015
Recorded and mixed by Tim Thomas
Assistant Engineer Matt Jaggar
Mastered by Shawn Joseph at Optimum Mastering, Bristol
Artwork by Oli Bentley