Oct 31st, 2023
New Visionaries are UK-based Australian artist Joel Sarakula and Dutch musician Phil Martin.
The second single to be extracted from New Visionaries’s debut album Roadmaps dropping in January 2024 showcases all the band’s strengths, weaving a sonic tapestry that blurs boundaries and shines as a true gem. The title “Desert Disco Nights” perfectly describes the song’s vibe, three instrumental minutes during which the steady and flowing rhythm section irresistibly grabs you, hypnotic guitar and keyboard melodies have you spinning, while synth and percussion flourishes accentuate the slightly psychedelic mood.
Despite Phil’s involvement in the European funk and soul scene and Joel’s inclination towards soulful pop, what led them to create new music is their shared affinity for contemporary instrumental bands such as Khruangbin, Calibro 35 or Air, as well as classic influences like David Axelrod and the KPM library series. They started crafting tracks for what would become their debut album together, Roadmaps. The idea was to construct succinct mood pieces capable of transporting listeners on a three-minute odyssey, often traversing distant and distinct musical cultures. With Phil handling drums, percussion, keys, bass and guitar, and Joel contributing on keys, bass and guitar, they managed to flesh out most of the arrangements in Phil’s studio, packed with vintage instruments.
“Desert Disco Nights” out digitally on Oct. 31st 2023 via Lovemonk Records