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Stream Imperial Tiger Orchestra's New LP

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<a href="http://mentalgroove.bandcamp.com/album/imperial-tiger-orchestra-mercato" _mce_href="http://mentalgroove.bandcamp.com/album/imperial-tiger-orchestra-mercato">IMPERIAL TIGER ORCHESTRA - Mercato by Mental Groove</a> Switzerland's Imperial Tiger Orchestra has just dropped its debut full-length, Mercato, and the world couldn't be in more need of these African grooves and jazz'd improvisations.

The band's label cites its influences as being specifically Ethiopian in sound, but this album is much more than a revisit to roots. There's a lot of modern experimentation flowing throughout these tracks, too.

On an initial listen, this album comes off pretty varied, too. It'd be hard to make the mistake of assuming all these songs sound the same. The band brings the heat of its music from a boil to a simmer without losing much impact or enjoyability.

Stream the entire LP above, and buy it--digital or physical--through Bandcamp.