Taken from their upcoming album 'Hearts Full Of Grace', Bristol Progressive Jazz collective Al Swainger’s Pointless Beauty return with their new single ‘The Shrug’.
A five-piece led by composer and renowned bass player Al Swainer, Pointless Beauty has made a name for themselves with their unique blend of chilled electronica and jazz. The first single to be taken from the upcoming album, ‘The Shrug’ sees the band retrain themselves, focusing on their Jazz roots with a traditional, gentle, and restrained jazz track built around emotional lead brass and electric guitar that create a relaxed and melancholic tone.
Speaking about the single, Swainger explains: “The Shrug is a gospel jazz ballad representing how sometimes we can only have non-verbal responses to trauma. Sometimes we're just so sad that when someone asks a well intentioned 'how are you doing?' all you can do is shrug, I wanted it to communicate that melancholy but also the optimism that it doesn't last forever and things do get better.”
No stranger to performing at venues including Ronnie Scotts and the Royal Festival Hall, Al Swainger has had a hugely successful career playing and recording with a whole host of big names including Peter King, Jim Mullen and Alan Barnes as well as performing at national and international jazz festivals such as Love Supreme, London Jazz Festival and Krakow Jazz Festival.
An award-winning musician and hugely creative composer surrounded by a supremely talented band, the collective are surely set to see themselves soar with the release of the upcoming album. 'The Shrug' is out now via Other Compass Records.