Szun Waves

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Szun Waves
Origin London, England
Genres Experimental, jazz
Years active 2016–present
Labels Leaf, Buffalo Temple
Associated acts Portico Quartet
Luke Abbott
Laurence Pike
Circle Traps
Earlham Mystics
James Holden
Members Luke Abbott
Laurence Pike
Jack Wyllie

Szun Waves is a British band composed of electronic producer Luke Abbott, Laurence Pike of PVT on drums and Jack Wyllie of Portico Quartet on saxophone. The band combines elements of spiritual and experimental jazz with electonic music. Their debut album At Sacred Walls was released in 2016. In August 2018 they released the follow-up, New Hymn To Freedom.[1][2]


The group's debut album At Sacred Walls was recorded at the studio of British electronic artist James Holden, from which the album takes its name. The album was released on Buffalo Temple records, a label run by Abbott.[5]

New Hymn To Freedom was released on 31 August 2018 through The Leaf Label, on digital, CD, black vinyl and limited edition white vinyl. The album is made up of six "wholly unedited improvisations" that "illuminate the field on which many of UK’s experimental musicians have been playing of late".[6] On this record "the trio has seamlessly integrated everything from jazz to psych to ambient to kosmische to experimental electronic music in their ongoing effort to reach a sort of enlightenment through performance".[3]


  • At Sacred Walls (Buffalo Temple, 2016)
  • New Hymn To Freedom (The Leaf Label, 2018)


  1. ^ Bloom, Maddison (22 May 2018). "Constellation". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 
  2. ^ Martin, David (18 May 2018). "Introducing Szun Waves". The Leaf Label. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 
  3. ^ a b Brookes, Bernie (29 August 2018). "Szun Waves Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Distant Early Warning". The Leaf Label. 30 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 
  5. ^ Cole, Dan (13 May 2016). "Szun Waves find space within Sacred Walls". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 
  6. ^ Orlov, Piotr (5 September 2018). "New Hymn to Freedom". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 

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