Harpist and composer Brandee Younger has joined Impulse! Records to release her major-label debut album Somewhere Different.
Coming next month, the album blends the sounds of jazz, classical music, R&B, hip-hop and funk into one genre-defying recording.
You can listen to the first single Reclamation right now.
Somewhere Different was produced by Dezron Douglas and recorded at the legendary Van Gelder Studio in New York between November of 2020 and February of 2021.
The eight-track recording features drummer Allan Mednard, bassist Rashaan Carter, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, flautist Anne Drummond and drummer Marcus Gilmore. It also features guest vocals by Tarriona “Tank” Ball from Tank and the Bangas and a special appearance by legendary bassist Ron Carter.
A boundary-pushing musician and composer, Younger has shared the stage with major names in jazz, hip hop and R&B including Ravi Coltrane, Christian McBride, John Legend, Pharoah Sanders, Common and Lauryn Hill.
Younger’s last release was Force Majeure, a duo album recorded with Dezron Douglas and released in December.
With Somewhere Different, the artist touches on a number of musical and emotional themes while maintaining a cohesive, contemporary sound with a refined focus.
“I hope it is enjoyable to listen to, not hard to listen to, nothing to be analyzed or over-analyzed, but that people will just enjoy it,” Younger tells music journalist and author Marcus J. Moore in the record’s liner notes. “Everything has a groove, and that’s me.”
Somewhere Different is out Aug. 13 via Impulse! Records.