I think it's absolutely vital that a person discovers what they really want. Both in their life time as well as moment to moment.
I think it's vital.
When a person ignores their urges or needs they are crippling their spirit.
Deadening their life.
London-based ensemble Bas Jan return with a new expanded line-up, and news of their much-anticipated second album. Baby U Know is due for release on January 28, 2022, and is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2018 debut album Yes I Jan, which was hailed for its “messy majesty” (9/10, Uncut) and “beautifully fractured art-pop” (★★★★, Mojo).
Bas Jan were co-founded in 2015 by songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Serafina Steer. The band features Emma Smith (Jarv Is, Meilyr Jones, Seamus Fogarty and founder member of the Elysian Quartet) on violin, bass and electronics, Rachel Horwood (Trash Kit, Bamboo, Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business) on drums and Charlie Stock on electric violin.
“Baby U Know marks a consolidation of Bas Jan as a four piece,” says Serafina. “It was recorded at Cafe OTO in London over three days and then finished with Capitol K at the Total Refreshment Centre in London in September 2020. Getting the Arts Council Funding and making the album represented a coming together out of the solitudes of 2020, carving out the possibility of a future for the band at a time when Brexit and Everything cast all those things very much into doubt or, at best, made them a very low priority. The time constraints of having to finish the record before one of the band entered third trimester of pregnancy, and with a winter lockdown pending, probably added a rawness to these recordings. It’s kind of a pragmatically hopeful record.”
released January 28, 2022
released January 28, 2022
Charlie Stock- Electric Violin- Sex Cult, Vision Of Change, Profile Picture, Too Good To Be True, You Have Bewitched Me, All Forgotten. Viola- "My Incantations..", Shopping In A New City. Vocals.
Emma Smith- Bass Guitar- Progressive Causes, Sex Cult, Vision Of Change, You Have Bewitched Me. Violin- "My Incantations...", Baby You Know That’s Not The Way, Shopping In A New City, Profile Picture. Recorder-Too Good To Be True and All Forgotten. Vocals.
Rachel Horwood- All drums and percussion. Vocals
Serafina Steer- All keyboards and additional midi elements. Bass Guitar- "My Incantations...", You Have Bewitched Me, All Forgotten. Vocals.
Progressive Causes - Drum sample courtesy of RKB Vitesse.
Profile Picture- additional vocal sample recorded by Chris Smith at Kluster Studios, London.
Lyrics for Shopping In A New City written with Sally O’Reilly for the character Josella, who has survived the opera She Described It to Death.
Lyrics for "My Incantations, Herbs and Art Have Abandoned Me" adapted from Claire Pollard’s translation of Heroides by Ovid. By kind permission of Bloodaxe Books.
All other lyrics by Serafina Steer
Recorded at Cafe Oto, London. September 2o19
Recording engineer - Shaun Crook
Additional recording engineer on Profile Picture - Luca Consonni
Mixed by Capitol K with additional recording at Total Refreshment Centre, London.
4tet founded by Serafina Steer with Emma Smith, Charlie Stock & Rachel Horwood. Second album 'Baby You Know' out NOW on
Lost Map. Recorded during a lockdown at Cafe Oto.
First LP 'Yes I Jan' released 2018.
Press 'Yes I Jan'- “MESSY MAJESTY” – 9/10, UNCUT
“BEAUTIFULLY FRACTURED ART-POP” ★★★★ – MOJO
“WE LOVE THEM” – MARC RILEY, BBC 6 MUSIC
“CLEVER, WARM AND UNPREDICTABLE..” – Q...more