The Blue Scholars recently announced that forthcoming record Cinemetropolis is fully mixed and on its way to mastering, but fans don't have to wait till next year to hear great new music from at least half the duo. Among the slew of quality music dropped over the Christmas holiday, there was a notable standout: Made in Heights' Winter Pigeons EP, Sabzi's latest side project.
Teaming up with singer Kelsey Bulkin, who has roots in California and Philly, the Seattle-to-New York transplant produced the project comprised of three tracks, their three riddims and a hip-hop flip of "Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy." Complimented by a combination of soaring key riffs, chopped samples, Southern-styled hi-hats and the 808s so loved on OOF!, Bulkin alternates between haunting falsetto and half-rapped poetics. In both instances, the results are enchanting.
The prose from their Tumblr--stylized ::M?DE::IN::HEIGHTS::--sets the mood beautifully:
A blue skylark was parked by the entrance with a Washington state licence plate. Somehow I knew I had been inside that car, but I couldn't remember when or why. Looking inside the window I saw a silver lipstick case on the dash with an old Christmas card of a couple in red. Under their faces in flourishing green typed "Season's Greetings!" Stuck to the windshield were the notes, pressed under the wipers. They were folded and familiar. I opened them to read:
THIS PL?CE REMINDS ME OF ME
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW WH?T THAT FEELS LIKE MY ?RMS HURT.