Ezra Collective have shared a contemporary tackle Christmas staple ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’.
The quilt is a part of a batch of holiday-centric Spotify Singles, with numerous artists protecting some festive staples. It’s an eclectic bunch, too – Chinese language-Icelandic artist Laufey tackles ‘Winter Wonderland’ for instance, whereas Ashnikko covers ‘Carol Of The Bells’.
For his or her half, London based mostly jazz crew Ezra Collective have seized on ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’. On the floor, it’s perhaps an odd transfer – however Christmas data have a deep legacy inside jazz extra broadly, whereas the group’s Femi and TJ Koleoso grew up across the church.
Grabbing the unmistakable melody, the recording grants a second of peace, Ezra Collective permitting their particular person voices to shine by in tandem.
Out now, Femi feedback…
“Christmas music is all about carols. The simplicity of them, but in addition the sweetness within the melodies. I suppose additionally rising up in church, across the Christmas interval it’s the carols I might hear. For us, this tune is a extremely wavy carol, such a lovely melody. A lot to interpret and make your personal.”
Tune in now.
Ezra Collective received the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2023 with their album ‘You Can’t Steal My Pleasure’ – re-visit that second under.
Photograph Credit score: Aliyah Otchere