The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble - From The Stairwell
The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble have been crafting dark cinematic soundscapes for around five years now; each album since their Planet Mu debut seeing them add an ever-growing palette of musicians and sounds. Still retaining the smoky, jazz-flecked Portishead influence that earlier records had as on the gloomy opener ‘All Is One’, From The Stairwell does see the band moving further away from the electronic beats and into something that sounds a great deal more organic. Each song carries a different mood, with a track like ‘Cocaine’ utilising industrial percussive sounds and dissonant bursts of trumpet to create something akin to a psychological horror soundtrack. ‘Celladoor’ is altogether more uplifting, combining heart-wrenching piano melodies and swirling ambience with glitchy electronica and more horns. They come across at times like the dark and disturbed little brother to The Cinematic Orchestra, weaving an epic film-score to some of your most subtly horrible nightmares. This record is both eerie and beautiful, textured and restrained and really quite brilliant.