Kneebody releases their fourth album, The Line, as their debut recording on Concord Records. The project explodes with rock and jazz influences through engrossing improvisational instrumentals, includes 12 original compositions, and contributions from various members of the group.
Produced by Chris Dunn, Sr. Director of A&R at Concord Records and Kneebody, the album features the band's five players; keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood.
The Line opens with a dark rock tune titled "Lowell," then moves to a lighter mood with "Cha-Cha," a contrapuntal number with an engaging swing beat. "Trite" embodies the non-linear approach the band gives to compositions and "Sleeveless" provides a slow-moving feel with dark undertones. "Still Play" has a twisty, technically challenging horn line that is complemented by the other players' musicianship. The title track from the album, "The Line," is hard-hitting, embracing the rock energy of the band. "E and E," is a lush, improvised intro to "Pushed Away" with three basses. Keyboardist Adam Benjamin describes "Work Hard, Play Hard, Towel Hard" as "a tribute to those of us who don't want to dial it down," and "Greenblatt" as "a song about open space and subtle transformations." "What Was" has jarring drum beats matched with a flowing melodic line. "Ready Set Go" manifests their industrious indie rock side and is the final piece on the album.
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