In recent years, Scotland’s rich music scene has been a leading force in showcasing the diverse and widespread jazz talent in the UK, challenging the previously London-centric spotlight.

The upcoming eponymous release by fractus (July 14th) continues that tradition, with Scottish bassist/composer Mark Hendry bringing together an octet featuring 2022 Mercury Prize shortlister Fergus McCreadie on piano, internationally renowned saxophonist Matt Carmichael and UK-based Greek vocalist Irini Arabatzi.

The group release Sifting Tides, their second single this week and we are excited to share the first look at the accompanying video…

With a CV that features film scoring, arranging and performing, Hendry cites influences such as Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds, Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen and folk/jazz trio Quercus on a release which explores the nexus between jazz, classical and traditional Scottish music.

Balancing lamenting melodies and bittersweet songwriting with collective improvisation and  emotive harmony, this is music which can connect on both an intellectual and emotional level.

Intimately recorded pianos, subtle string textures and Irini Arabatzi’s hauntingly beautiful voice invite the listener in on a very personal and meaningful journey through complex issues the ensemble holds in high importance.

Find out more and listen via Bandcamp: