The eighth release from Lloyd Swanton's long-running (over two decades now!) outfit.
Fans of The catholics' winning formula of tough jazz blowing over scintillating worldbeat grooves will know just what to expect, but the element which makes Yonder stand out from The catholics' previous releases is the presence of Gary Daley's accordion.
A really fresh album from a band which was in no danger of going stale anyway.
Physical copies available from www.buglerecords.com
"This is what I'd consider a near-perfect jazz album...so clever yet simple...you really just want Yonder to go on and on, like the baked country roads in their cover shot...
The depth, colour and life had me reaching for a glass of red - searching for some way to celebrate the creation of such a bold and unified jazz statement... I didn't find the wine, but I opened the windows so the neighbours could hear."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (ONLINE)
"The first recording since Gary Daley joined The catholics confirms he was an inspired choice...to swap to Daley's accordion after two decades of slide guitar was always going to dye The catholics' fabric a different hue, but it's an enchanting one.
More than ever, the band sounds as if it plays the national music of an imaginary - possibly Caribbean - country.
If anything, the accordion makes the music breezier. More remarkable is the way it thickens the textures without the sound losing its essential airiness"
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (PRINT EDITION)
"A perfect extension to the finely crafted repertoire of these highly skilled professionals" (4 and 1/2 Stars)
"This intriguing recording brings a worldly musical texture to each track... The catholics always surprise their listeners and continue to explore their unique Australian roots" (4 and 1/2 Stars)
"Sophisticated cosmopolitanism... (Yonder) features the bright and breezy blowing, contrasting light and shade and wide ranging influences that characterises their music... covers a lot of territory both musically and stylistically, in its 67:05 minutes journey...arguably the pick of their catalogue"