Diverse, riff-driven grooves on the first album from Matthew Ottignon, Dave Symes and Hamish Stuart.
Dodging cars, kids kick soccer balls on an asphalt pitch, with terrace houses as grandstands.
Such are the scenes Informal Troupe conjure in their vaguely programmatic depiction of Sydney's inner west, a playground in which the horizon is always man-made.
This is the first album from the experienced trio of saxophonist Matthew Ottignon, bassist Dave Symes and drummer Hamish Stuart. A jazzy sensibility is entwined with diverse, riff-driven grooves, in which the saxophone is more another thread than a roving soloist.
Even the wonderfully melodic cadence of Red Letter is innately bursting with forward momentum.
There are snippets of funk, nu-jazz and more, the feels always made vital by the playing and colours of Symes and Stuart.
Ottignon's saxophone, meanwhile, can cry sadly, compound itself with digital loops or fill the foreground with a classic tenor sound that's as wide as a double-frontage terrace.