Visitors debut with a singles collection and a live excursion

The South Broad collective compiles a heady mix of psychedelic jazz and krautrock rhythms

Music Visitors5 2 07
Photo credit: Courtesy Visitors

No matter what fate has in store for South Broad Street, the gritty Downtown arts district continues fostering some of Atlanta's most vibrant and creative music. One of the more engaging gems to sprout from the neighborhood is Visitors, a loose but fruitful collective that’s honing fugue-like psychedelic jazz and krautrock rhythms and excursions. The group orbits around Jared Pepper and Dan Bailey's Broad Street Visitors Center recording studio; its core lineup features a mix of stunningly creative locals, including bass player Bailey (Carey, Faun and a Pan Flute) and flautist/guitarist Pepper, along with flautist Rasheeda Ali, pianist Gage Gilmore (Cosmic Trigger), synth player Jeremi Johnson (10th Letter), and percussionist Kenito Murray (Atlanta Brass Connection). There's still plenty of room for guests: Chris Childs (vibraphone), Quinn Masonry (saxophone), Saira Raza (cello, lyrics, vocals), Dallas Dawson (drums), and more names are sprinkled throughout the group’s first release, a singles collection titled Anticipation that surveys a slew of genres and sounds.

"Origami" riffs into the celestial plane with a jazzy mix of kosmische pop. "Where" is a freewheeling screed of dark and mesmerizing psychosis in the vein of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew or Can's Future Days, while "Howard The Coward" offers a disfigured blend of beautifully noirish and deadpan dread. For how loosely Visitors operate, Anticipation is a taut and focused statement that demands to be heard.

The group also released a companion cassette, titled The Optimism of Concern, featuring an exploratory sidelong opus that captures the Visitors live group, adding depth to the the group’s variety of sources, culminating in gritty but gorgeous urban jazz inflections. In fact, the 34-minute title track blends jazz, dub, and spacey ambience into a living, breathing whole that fusess each disparate influence together perfectly. Keep an eye out for a new tape to arrive, titled Nature Documentary (Null Zone), due out March 3 when Visitors play the Earl. ★★★★☆

More By This Writer

From Kafka to Kraftwerk: An interview with Max Richter Article

Thursday September 27, 2018 02:08 pm EDT
Contemporary composer kicks off rare US tour at Emory | more...

See & Do: Oneida plays 529 on Aug. 1 Article

Wednesday August 1, 2018 11:29 am EDT

Local music and other Irrelevant things Article

Thursday July 19, 2018 06:15 am EDT
Kyle Swick’s annual music fest places Atlanta D.I.Y. in a larger context | more...

A conversation with Wolfgang Voigt Article

Tuesday March 20, 2018 11:01 am EDT
The Minimal techno innovator and Kompakt co-founder heads to Big Ears | more...

Kid Koala plays the Ferst Center Feb. 12 and 13 Article

Thursday February 8, 2018 12:03 am EST
Canadian turntablist teams up with 'Her' production designer for a night of puppet love | more...
Search for more by Bobby Power