BUTCHER BROWN RECRUITS PINK SIIFU AND KEYON HARROLD FOR LATEST SINGLE EYE NEVER KNEW
"A spirit of generous communion runs through 'Solar Music'"
- The New York Times
TORONTO, ON – September 19, 2023 – Today, critically acclaimed jazz and hip-hop fusionists, Butcher Brown, share Eye Never Knew, featuring genre-agnostic artist, Pink Siifu, and world-class trumpeter, Keyon Harrold, the latest single from the group’s forthcoming album, Solar Music, out October 6 via Concord Jazz. The album includes previously released singles, DYKWYD featuring Braxton Cook, This Side Of Sunshine, and I Can Say To You, which has seen support across BBC Radio from the likes of Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Huey Morgan. Listen here and watch here. Pre-order Solar Music here.
Eye Never Knew, collides two of the musical pedigrees that have been central to the band's core since its inception. The song brings the forward-thinking and inventive delivery of hip-hop/soul/punk polymath, Pink Siifu, and pairs it with Butcher Brown's masterclass of jazz instrumentation. With accents from accomplished trumpeter Keyon Harrold, the result is a sonic collage that creates one of Butcher Brown's most memorable and experimental collaborations to date.
The song enlists Keyon Harrold, who contributed all trumpet playing in the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, and has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Nas, D'Angelo, and many more. Additionally with Pink Siifu, whose 2021 Gumbo! album was praised by Pitchfork, they collectively curate an other-worldly ambiance while maintaining their own signature sounds. Separate from Eye Never Knew, Butcher Brown and Pink Siifu also share a number of critically acclaimed collaborations, one of which being Siifu's B.Cool-Aid Album with Ahwlee, Leather Blvd., which was released earlier this year.
Described by Butcher Brown bandmates as “having something for just about everybody under the sun,” Solar Music collectively demonstrates the band's dynamic approach to the jazz format and incorporates their own rich lineage of musical influences from their upbringing in Richmond – fusing elements of soul, funk, rock, and hip-hop, into a universal sound. Releasing digitally, on CD and double LP at 45 RPM, the new album incorporates longtime friends and new unexpected guests into their approach, with additional appearances by Charlie Hunter, Jay Prince, Nappy Nina, Braxton Cook and Michael Millions throughout its 17 tracks. Exclusive Solar Music limited edition Solar Red vinyl, signed CDs/vinyl and merchandise are all available here.
Butcher Brown will perform an extensive 2023 Solar Music Global Tour, with dates across the U.S. and Europe throughout the Fall in support of the new album. The tour heads to 13 states and seven countries and will feature domestic appearances from California to Washington, D.C., including performances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City October 18, NPR’s World Cafe Live October 21, and a hometown show November 24 at the Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia. In between their North American runs, Butcher Brown will bring their infectious live performances to six countries across Europe including shows at The Forge in London November 6, Zenner in Berlin alongside B. Cool-Aid November 8, and Le Trabendo in Paris November 15.
To learn more about Butcher Brown, read the full bio here, or watch their 2021 NPR Tiny Desk (Home) performance. Listen to Eye Never Knew featuring Pink Siifu and Keyon Harrold and pre-order/ pre-save Solar Music above, and stay tuned for more new music from Butcher Brown coming soon.
BUTCHER BROWN 2023 SOLAR MUSIC GLOBAL TOUR DATES:
September 22 - Harrisonburg, VA @ James Madison University
October 12 - Reno, NV @ University of Nevada
October 17 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
October 18 - New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
October 20 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern Café and Music Hall
October 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
October 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
October 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota
October 25 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
October 26 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
October 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ Jazz Kitchen
November 4 - Eindhoven, NL @ So What’s Next?
November 6 - London, UK @ The Forge
November 7 - Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
November 8 - Berlin, DE @ J.A.W. (Zenner)
November 9 - Mannheim, DE @ Alte Feuerwache
November 10 - Técou, FR @ Coco Jazz
November 11 - Groningen, NL @ Rockit
November 12 - Rotterdam, NL @ Rooterdam / Bird
November 13 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bimhuis
November 14 - Charloeroi, BE @ Palais des Beaux Arts
November 15 - Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
November 18 - Eilat, IL @ Red Sea Jazz Festival
November 24 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
November 25 - Washington, DC @ Atlantis
December 5 - Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s
December 6 - Portland, OR @ The Get Down
December 7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
December 8 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa
December 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
December 10 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues - Voodoo Room