“Mountain Goat” is the intoxicating new release from Jazz Party, a high-energy ensemble based in Melbourne, Australia. And boy, do they start a jazz party with this husky, old school single.
Infused with the soulful elements of New Orleans jazz, “Mountain Goat” features an underscore of rolling percussion layered with slinky brass licks, crisply strummed guitars, and a mesmeric accordion. The Calypso-style dance rhythm is woven around the smoky vocals that narrate a reflection of the upbeat hipster culture of Melbourne (specifically the correlation between one's level-of-hipster and taste in assorted brands of beer).
“Mountain Goat” is only the second release from this polished jazz outfit, following on from their punchy debut “Rock n’ Roll Graveyard” in October 2016. Led by Darcy McNulty (former saxophonist and songwriter from Clairy Browne & the Bangin Rackettes), Jazz Party also features McNulty’s core associates Jules Pascoe on double bass and Loretta Miller as lead vocalist.
If you're a fan of Fats Waller, Tuba Skinny, and Jack White, I can guarantee that you won't be able to resist Jazz Party's tight-knit groove and slinky improvisations. While you’re waiting for their next release due out in February, you can catch them performing at The Evelyn (351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia) from 8pm until late on January 23 and 30.
Future performances include:
Golden Plains XI
Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre
March, 11, 12 & 13 2017
Friday 24 March
By the Meadow
Saturday 1 April