Adult Jazz, who are presumably named after a flyer at the bus stop advertising group and private lessons, have teased their upcoming debut album, Gist Is, with “Spook,” an assured and confidently crunchy trek into some foggy corners of their sound. The UK foursome’s first salvo came in January with “Am Gone”/”Springful,” an angular yet laid-back revelation of a band to watch. Dirty Projectors comparisons sprung like weeds from the band’s low-key, in-the-pocket funk and syncopated vocal rhythms, but “Spook” reveals their debt to those other Brooklyn scions, Animal Collective.
That’s not to say that there’s a lot of screeching or drum-circling here — the influence is structural, as “Spook” meanders into nothing so much as a chorus, through passages of deep, cloudy picking, into patches of pounding chorale, all across a 9-minute journey. Closer in spirit to XTC or Aztec Camera are the band’s plaintively anthemic wails and spiky guitar work.
“I do not take it lightly,” cries Harry Burgess, the group’s lead singer, at about the halfway mark. Listeners are advised to follow his example. “Spook” will whet the focused appetite for Gist Is, out August 4th from the band’s own Spare Thought label.