More Easily is the first single from Move into the Luminous, the sublime debut album from Makushin, a group whose work explores the intersection between folk, jazz and ambient music. Double bassist Jon Thorne, guitarist Peter Philipson and singer Nancy Elizabeth lead an inspiring collective on this richly layered and immersive collaboration.
The single features Andrew Wasylyk on vibraphone and Rhodes piano and David A. Jaycock on guitar.
The whole album has a natural, unforced aesthetic and features some notable instrumentalists who bring saxophone, piano, drums, violin and synths to the sound palette.
The band name refers to Mount Makushin, an active volcano in Alaska, and this was inspired by the book The Cruise of the Corwin, written by Scottish-born American naturalist John Muir, where he vividly described Makushin as the "most noble volcano" he saw on an Alaskan expedition in 1881.
/// About Makushin ///
Nancy Elizabeth is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has released three chamber folk albums under her own name on the Leaf Label. She has also previously played with James Yorkston and recorded with the late ambient composer Susumu Yokota.
Jon Thorne is a double bassist best known as a member of the pioneering electronic band Lamb and, more recently, Yorkston Thorne Khan. He has worked with many other musicians, including Jon Hopkins, Robert Fripp and his mentor Danny Thompson, as well as releasing his own music.
Peter Philipson is a guitarist who has previously performed with Jane Weaver as her guitarist for a decade and has collaborated with her and Raz Ullah on two ambient albums under the artist name of Fenella. He has also released a number of instrumental guitar albums under his PJ Philipson guise.
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