The free jazz group Irreversible Entanglements has announced their fourth album Protect Your Light, which will be released on Sept. 8th via Impulse!. During their two-day stint at Philadelphia cafe and venue Solar Myth earlier in July, the group previewed a batch of new material, including “Free Love,” which was released as a single last week.
With members from Philadelphia and D.C, Irreversible Entanglements is made up of drummer Tcheser Holmes, bassist Luke Stewart, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro, saxophonist Keir Neuringer, and vocalist/poet Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa). The group recorded the majority of their new project at New Jersey’s Rudy Van Gelder Studios, over a span of three days in January 2023. Following a few bursts of energy at the beginning of the track, “Free Love” settles into a drum and bass pocket that welcomes Navarro’s trumpet, joining the bass in melody. Moor Mother’s poetry describes a beautiful, liberating experience of love as her vocals overlap and swim within the cymbals and scattered instruments.
Protect Your Light will consist of eight tracks, the majority of which clocking in at well over five minutes in length. The group released their third album Open The Gates in Nov. 2021, where they explored even longer formats, leaning towards 10-plus minute sessions. Each member of the group specializes in improvisation, making its live shows an experience in their own right. The group has announced a handful of tour dates for the album, starting with an appearance at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC.
“Free Love” is available now on all streaming platforms. Pre-order or pre-save Irreversible Entanglements’ upcoming album Protect Your Light here.