Jungle By Night
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Six years ago, Jungle by Night grew popular as those nine young lads from Amsterdam who played infectious afrobeat. Even then, this label didn’t narrow down their genre enough. Growing up and traveling the world, more sources of inspiration crossed their paths, enriching their music. Keyboardist Pyke: “We are open minded towards all sortsof influences, from all over the world and eras, whilst looking out for our ownsignature form.” The boys have turned into men. Jungle by Night have performed at theimmense Fuji Rock in Japan and played at Montreal Jazz, the biggest jazz festival inCanada. They headlined shows in New York City, while France is considered as theirsecond home and Turkey is also no longer unknown territory. In The Netherlands, Jungleby Night is a household name at all the major festivals like Lowlands, North Sea Jazz,Pitch, Down The Rabbit Hole, you name it. From Groningen up North to Maastricht, downSouth, people have fond memories of experiencing Jungle By Night’s high energy shows.Jungle by Night’s success story had taken them around the blocks a few times. Along theway, they have seen things and experienced many adventures, making them take a closer look to their music. This made them embrace influences of minimal maestro Philip Glass, indie favourite Deerhoof and Turkish cult hero Baris Manco.Curious or shocked? Just wait until you hear the synthesizer that plays a prominent role on the new album.There’s harmony and there’s melody, and then there’s music that pulls you right out of your comfort zone: it’s like sucking on a lemon. For reassurance, the horns of Pieter, Bo and Ko throb yet again. Drummer Sonny has not lost his groove. The percussion of Tienson and Gino always works like wildfire. But Pyke’s synths are compelling. Occasionally you feel like you’re in the Philips Research Laboratories in the fifties, and then your caught up away in nervous New York in the late seventies. Peter’s bass guitar pulls more than he pushes. And Jac still scratches, slams and picks his guitar like you’re familiar with. Jungle By Night’s new album The Traveller shows how much the nine men from Amsterdam have grown. They can still light a dance floor on fire, but this time they set into new grounds when they slow down. Keys and horns take the lead and swap it back and forth throughout this new masterpiece. The Traveller is like an backpack, filled with of ideas, impressions and international experiences picked up along the way. And now? As men, strengthened and grown, their back on track, selling out festivals and venues everywhere the play. France beckons, Japan calls. Glastonbury Festival, the mother of all festivals, is already booked, similar as North Sea Jazz, a French tour and shows in Japan. World, get ready!