Soulive will return with their first new music in six years next month, when the jazz-funk trio releases their new EP Cinematics, Vol. 1 on February 23 via their own Soulive Music.
The album, the first in a planned series of Cinematics EPs, was recorded at drummer Alan Evans’ Iron Wax studio late last year. Lead single “Kings March,” which can be hear in the accompanying video below, is one of five songs from the new EP and appropriately has a cinematic flavor, with pulsing keyboards from Neal Evans, guitar soundscapes from Eric Krasno and a tight-knit backbeat from Alan.
In a press release, the band cites influences like film composers Jerry Goldsmith, David Axelrod, Ennio Morricone and Melvin Van Peebles. Other song titles on the first Cinematics are “Bluebird,” “Sidekick,” “Millers Last Stand” and “Waves.”
Soulive will play a few cross-Atlantic shows in support of the album, starting with a two-night stand at Pennsylvania’s Ardmore Music Hall March 2–3 before moving to London’s Jazz Cafe on March 6.