PREMIERE \\ Chicago’s Resavoir reveal ‘Taking Flight’ ft Brandee Younger via International Anthem

29th May 2019

‘Taking Flight’ is the next ear-catching single to emerge from Resavoir’s debut self-titled album. Supreme Standards is proud to premiere the track which features harpist Brandee Younger (Ms Lauryn Hill, Makaya McCraven). 

Lead by trumpeter Will Miller, Resavoir haven’t entered the scene quietly; they’ve had rapturous support from tastemakers Bandcamp and Gilles Peterson – who couldn’t wait to reveal the album version of their first single ‘Escalator’ on BBC6 Music (the yet to be released track now includes added vocals from Sen Morimoto). 

‘Taking Flight’ opens with the pitter-patter of Lane Beckstrom’s double bass behind Brandee Younger’s elaborate introduction on strings. There’s something classic about this tune. Its singalong chorus, graceful flute-heavy entrance and sweeping orchestration is hugely sensory. Whilst original in its creativity, ‘Taking Flight’ has the subtle grandeur of a Bernard Herrmann (Alfred Hitchcock) composition, with a touch of indie-rock that would peak the interest of The Last Shadow Puppets fans. During the recording of this tune and the album at large, the Capitol Jazz Vaults reissue series, featuring Andrew Hill and David Axelrod, were a favourite for the band. 

Of ‘Taking Flight’, Will says, “this song is about the nervous excitement of taking flight both literally, in an airplane, and also figuratively, in an improvisational context, where you completely unchain yourself from expectation and do something you didn’t think was possible.”

Will Miller (trumpet, synths) is joined in Resavoir by key members Irvin Pierce (sax), Akenya Seymour (keys, vocals), Lane Beckstrom (bass), Peter Manheim (drums) and Jeremy Cunningham (drums).

Check out the new track here, exclusively on Supreme Standards, and pre-order the album, which is released via Chicago label International Anthem (Ben Lamar Gay, Angel Bat Dawid) on 28 June. Translucent blue vinyl ships on 26 July. 

Read our interview with Resavoir’s frontman, trumpeter Will Miller 

Photo credit: Tim Nagle 

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