An eclectic release from an eclectic group of musicians and writers, ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ is a classy new album from a huge group known as the Nine Beats Collective. Built from collaborations and submissions from all over the world, this 26 track collection is beautiful, hypnotic and – above all – compelling.
Attempting to deliver a positive message about the state of the world and how we can fix it, it won’t be to everyone’s taste. For some its themes will be hard to swallow, while others might lack the patience to take it all in. However, time invested in listening – really listening – to the themes and messages on show here will be rewarded.
This is an unusual project with a positive result. And one that may not be repeated anytime soon. So if you’re an independent music fan looking for something different to wrap your ears around, this is an album to keep an eye out for.