Consisting of three esteemed musicians whose separate work is connected by progressive and experimental inclinations, the improvisational group Szun Waves debuted with At Sacred Walls (2016) and went with a no-edits approach for New Hymn to Freedom (2018).
The trio grew out of a collaboration between Luke Abbott, a producer and synthesizer player known primarily for solo releases through James Holden's Border Community, and saxophonist Jack Wyllie of Portico Quartet and Circle Traps. The musicians added Laurence Pike, drummer with Triosk and Pivot/PVT, and during three days in March 2015 first recorded at Holden's Sacred Walls studio in London, England. Abbott edited and mixed the raw material, and the following May issued the six-track result, At Sacred Walls, on his and Gareth Dobson's Buffalo Temple label. For their second session, Szun Waves moved to The Leaf Label and opted to forgo overdubs and edits. They recorded six improvisations, released in August 2018 as New Hymn to Freedom. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi