Intricate, enchanting, and sonically striking, Yaatri’s new EP Reach is the latest release to emerge from the ever-fertile Leeds jazz community. From the epicentre of the north’s Jazz renaissance, Yaatri’s new release is the fruit of a cross-genre, DIY music culture that is full of surprises. Now more than ever, rising artists in the jazz capital of the north are stretching beyond even the loose definition of the genre, with Yaatri epitomising this through ambitious fusion and experimentation.
Listen: Yaatri – Reach
Fresh out of Leeds College of Music, an institution renowned for nurturing and attracting young talent, Yaatri’s debut EP lives up to all expectations set by their earlier singles. Embracing jazz sensitivity, their sound is infused with intricate Indian classical music, and heavy hints of rock thrown into the mix.
A diverse and steadily shifting record, ‘Dwob Dwob 2 (Forbidden Fruit)’ stands out as embodying Yaatri’s ability to combine ethereal soundscapes with blissfully meandering and at times soaring vocals. The track gives a nod to the technical, intricate percussion at the heart of jazz, while simultaneously creating a journey through the rhythms of India, thanks in part to the guest appearances of renowned tabla player Zuheb Ahmed Khan. The blend of complex compositions with soulful expression that threads through the EP make it a celebration of progress, and a record of real ambition.