“Who’s this? The Sorcerers? It’s cool! This is great. Give me the cd man!” – Mulatu Astatke
Inspired by Ethiopian jazz and the works of Mulatu Astatke, The Sorcerers are a Leeds-based formed by guitarist Pete Williams and bassist Neil Innes, featuring Joost Hendrickx on drums, Johnny Richards on piano & multiple-instrumentalist Richard Ormrod.
Conjuring up an authentic Ethio-inspired sound, the band are also heavily influenced by the European horror film soundtracks of the 60’s and 70’s, incorporating this feature into their exotic fusions; all of which are created on a multitude of instruments including bass, clarinets, flutes, vibraphone alongside bass, guitar organ and drums.
Forming the backbone of the ATA Records house band, The Sorcerers initially came together to write and produce some Ethio-inspired music which was only intended for release as a 7″ single, but after attracting such a popular response they decided to develop the sound further and went on to release a self titled, full length debut record in 2015.
New single In Pursuit Of Shai Hulud is a mysterious track that dances around funk-fuelled percussion and sinuous horn sections, led by hypnotic, strutting bass. In the Dune novels written by Frank Herbert,a Shai–hulud is a sandworm, so is this fictional creature what The Sorcerers are pursuing?… Listen above and order your copy of the new single from here.
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