Passing through the star-rimmed glasses of Bootsy Collins and zooming across cratered asteroids in order to find a suitable home, Fourth Dimension (a.k.a the sleek moniker of 4D) is a cosmic noise that won’t stop paired with a meteoric groove that simply can’t stop. Rife with space-age imagery and conjuring up a mythology similar to the Atomic Dog saga, 4D is anything but a terrestrial jazz-fusion outfit. Unpretentious and overwhelmingly funky, Millennial Kingdom Vol. 1 keeps on chooglin’ with the best of them.
With Jody Giachello at the helm of 4D, one can pick out his favorite artists and records from a more closely associated flower-power era, ranging from subtle hints of the Friends of Distinction to a Headhunters-era tribunal meeting of the minds. Throughout the record Giachello crafts a trek throughout the titular kingdom, with songs of monarchs and paupers symbolized sometimes, quite literally through astronomical elements. “The Return of the Nephilim” is particularly sinister, even if providing anecdotes of an otherwise unknown alien race while “Nuclear Fusion (Star Lights)” is triumphant bewitching all the same.
4D inherently invokes the neurosis of its listeners by way of finding titular similarity to the Bacharach-David addled group of the 60’s. However, instead of completely leaning into the cocktail party musings of its predecessors, 4D uses any lingering paranoia and translates it to a guide of homage in Vol. 1 of its exploits.
Fusion is unique in that it is often allowed soloists room to breathe as well as give concepts time to materialize outside the constraints of psychedelic lyricism. 4D does a splendid job in letting the genre shape how ubiquitous the concepts at hand may become. Millennial Kingdom Vol. 1 may be as much about phazers dissolving gray matter as it is a survey of the luminaries of jazz in the latter half of the 20th century. The guessing keeps the record continually fresh as well as contentious in a highly compelling manner. With Volume 2 eminent, 4D is positioned to next manifest in a wide palette of choices. Here’s hoping to a further exploration of space politics and their constituents who rebound off that elastic sound.