Revive is proud to present “Soul Vibrations,” the first single off harpist Brandee Younger‘s upcoming album, Wax & Wane, out February 19th. Produced by Casey Benjamin, the track dives deep into strains of funk, jazz, soul, and even touches on classical. With a hard-grooving bass line and ambient flourishes of psychedelia, Younger’s harp floats above the mix, soft in tone but not in spirit. Despite being layered with a flowing flute and sax line courtesy of Anne Drummond and Chelsea Baratz respectively, the harp takes center stage. “I want listeners to walk away with a different perspective on the harp’s place in music. For people to know that the instrument can play a fully functioning role in many settings,” says Younger.
“Soul Vibrations” is Benjamin’s reimagining of the Sun-Ra inflected original penned by the late arranger/composer and bassist Richard Evans. With multiple compositions featured on quintessential jazz-harp giant Dorothy Ashby albums Afro-Harping and The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby, Evans’s work is a staple in the history of contemporary harp. Without losing a taste of Evans’s magic, Benjamin has stirred up and sprinkled in his own flair, while still bringing Younger’s own distinctive sound to the mix. Heralded as a present-day scion of Ashby, Younger draws inspiration from Ashby’s music while still representing her own style. Her track “Dorothy Jeanne,” featured on Revive’s own Supreme Sonacy, Vol. 1, pays tribute to Ashby within the tone and style of Younger. Likewise, “Soul Vibrations” is an ode to the past that keeps both feet planted firmly in the present. Check it out below, and look out for Wax & Wane, available for pre-order January 22nd.