kites can't jive: Patchouli Blue by Bohren & der Club of Gore

Bohren & der Club of Gore’s greatness starts with their name. Just look at it. Bohren & der Club of Gore.

The next sign is their genre: doom jazz. I’ve seen their music referred to as “dark jazz” and that’s fine too. But I came across their 2002 album Black Earth because it was called doom jazz and I, as a death metal loving teen with a sense I should listen to jazz, couldn’t resist.

Black Earth is a terrific album, by the by. It’s one of the few records I’ve gone back to again and again for over a decade now.

But doom jazz. Bohren combine ambient music and jazz. Think slow, drawn out note punctuated by sparse horns and brass. It’s music for certain times and certain places. After midnight when you’re staring out over a cityscape. It’s raining and you’re alone in the house after everyone else has gone to bed and you have this one nagging thought that you can’t shake.

But it’s nonetheless beautiful. It’s music you fall into as it slips in and out of your attention.

Bohren’s latest album, Patchouli Blue, is no different.

It’s for all those moments you have nowhere to go but wherever you are and nothing to do but think.


Listen to Patchouli Blue Apple Music. You can also add kites can’t jive: the playlist to your library to never miss an album of the week. 🎵

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