Baldwins are an eight-piece progressive-soul band hailing from Sydney, Australia. Combining elements of soul, jazz, and rock, the band have developed a distinctive sound with lush jazz-tinged harmony and dense polyrhythmic writing.
The group formed in 2012 after founding members – vocalist Courtney Rachael Josh, guitarist Blain Cunneen, keys player Sean Valenzuela, drummer Andrew Moseley, alto saxophonist Bonnie Guo and bassist Joshua Spolc – began playing together as students studying jazz at university. The horn section expanded in 2015, adding tenor saxophonist Alex Jasprizza and trombonist Tim Coggins.
A multitude of eclectic influences have informed the band’s sound – a genre they themselves call ‘progressive soul’ – which takes cues from such neo-soul/hip-hop artists as D’Angelo and Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, the textural composition of electronic producers Flying Lotus and Taylor McFerrin, as well as clear harmonic nods to contemporary jazz artists such as Kneebody and Tigran Hamasyan. All of these inspirations have amalgamated in an unconventional sound that is entirely their own.
Baldwins have garnered a strong following within the Sydney music scene and a reputation for their energetic live shows, regularly playing headline shows throughout Sydney in venues such as Venue 505, Manning Bar, and most recently as part of The Sly Fox’s hugely popular Live @ The Sly gig series. The band has shared the stage with such acts as 30/70, New Venusians, and Lyre Byrdland.
Recording at Sydney’s Parliament Studios with acclaimed producer Phan Sjarif (Middle Kids, Narla) throughout 2016, the band is set to launch their debut E.P. Fear Of Flying in mid-2017.