The repetitive nature of the musical ideas, which are slowly layered and developed, adds to the atmospheric feel of the track. Although ‘Trashlantis’ features many different influences, its jazz element is what makes it distinctive to the listener. Meadows’ sax melody is unmistakably influenced by jazz and blues music, and although this track may seem more commercial in some ways, its jazz roots remain strong. It definitely has the feel of other emerging London jazz artists, and evokes the feeling of being at a summer jazz festival (like Lancaster!). The way in which the players interact on the track is also reminiscent of the live music we have all been sorely missing.
Following this, Meadows’ solo features some interesting melodic choices, but manages to remain accessible enough to the average listener because of the guitar chords and drum groove which accompany the solo. Some of the electric guitar playing is reminiscent of contemporary indie/alternative music in the UK scene, adding a sense of familiarity to the track. Meadows is combining lots of different influences from genres at the forefront of youth music, and it’s extremely effective - he is creating an exciting, uplifting piece.
Review by Evie Hill