We’re about to make some shit up

Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

You might think, like I did when I first heard this song, that this is music as building, as construction; music as hammering, welding, concrete-pouring, cutting, binding. But it’s all a little less solid and defined than that. Above & Beyond has a thick and kinetic rhythm track that fluctuates and shapeshifts over the course of the song. Over that, a sax delivers an argument, calm and elegant at first, then with increasing passion and vehemence (because you weren’t listening before, you didn’t get it). It’s thrilling how you can’t quite get a handle on it. Above & Beyond is incredible, as is everything on Makaya McCraven’s newest album, Highly Rare.

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