Cordoba’s newest EP Break the Locks Off Everything New features colorful arrangements and soulful vocals clamoring for a new world. This record uses jazz to create a radical soundspace that confronts the problems of poverty, mass incarceration, gentrification, and isolation in their native Chicago. This feeling of deep dissatisfaction shows in Eric Novak’s visceral sax explosions, Brianna Tong’s smooth screams, and the bands collective improvisatory outbursts.
But this record has a hopeful side as well. Cordoba also imagines a new Chicago. A Chicago where people take back what is theirs and build new communities. The soaring horn melodies bleed optimism. The interaction between Brianna Tong’s vocal and Cam Cunningham’s guitar and the syncopated interplay between Khalyle Hagood’s bass and Zach Upton-Davis’s drums create a whole that is better than its individual parts. Break the Locks Off Everything New stays true to Cordoba’s jazz roots, but the sound in undeniable modern. And although filled with beautiful ensemble arrangements, the record still feels passionate and wild.
The recorded was recorded and mixed by Seth Engel of Pallet Sound Studios. All songs were composed by Cam Cunningham with help from Brianna Tong and Eric Novak. All Instruments were played by the band except trumpet and trombone, which were provided by Jacob Wynne and Nolan Plunkett of Cold City Horns.
In addition, the band has given us a sneak peek from the record in the form of their new music video for the single “Shut It Down.” Watch here
The band commens, “This is a video about Chicago, about where the city chooses to put its resources and where it doesn’t, and about police violence that happens every day in our city. Violence from police and violence from neglecting, underserving, disinvesting in black and brown neighborhoods are the same system.”