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February 10th, 2019


The Flatlands Collective - Five to Twelve

The Flatlands Collective is not a band name that inspires confidence. It sounds as if it should belong to an insipid Mercury-nominated conservatory jazz outfit who wear terribly nice shirts. Thankfully - though I cannot speak for their shirts - The Flatlands Collective are nothing of the sort. The band brings together Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra and a bunch of Chicago-based collaborators.

They only released two albums, Gnomade (2007) and Maatjes (2008). Five to Twelve comes from the former, and it sounds like a broken mechanical device swinging in and out of sync with itself. Is it being played in multiple time signatures? That would be my guess. It's an satisfyingly bewildering experience as you latch on to the various threads that run through this knotty piece.

The Flatlands Collective - Five to Twelve