Hartford area jazz rockers Forward Motion have released two new tracks, along with accompanying videos.
Most of the members of Forward Motion are graduates from the Hartt School of Music, which shows in their composition of rock songs with severe twists of jazz thrown in. It’s something akin to Adam Levine, Ben Folds, and Miles Davis performing adult contemporary. In other words, a unique blending of genres.
The two tracks were recorded at Wellspring Studios in Acton, Massachusetts, and each video is cut from a live performance in the studio. The first, “Pick Me Up,” holds a slower and pensive tone, musing on being there for someone down on their luck and lonely. Open aired jazz horns and the periodic sneaky guitar riff give out to an upbeat chorus, before a final smash of Alex Godiksen’s soaring vocals among cymbal crashes.
“Before” is more upbeat, constantly on the move. The video follows the music’s lead, as one constant wide angle shot that roams among the well dressed gentlemen during their live recording session.
Guitarist Andy Sorenson says there’s no immediate plans for releasing a full album of new recordings, but another song is planned for an August release. The group released a full length, “All On Black,” last year. The group’s next Connecticut performances are at Infinity Hall on July 5, and Arch Street Tavern July 20.
“Pick Me Up”