First Thoughts: Tenderlonious – Hard Rains


Ed Cawthorne, better known as Tenderlonious – the prolific flutist, producer, 22a records boss, and leader of The 22archestra and Ruby Rushton jazz ensembles. ‘Hard Rain’ follows from the recently released and highly praised Ruby Rushton album ‘Ironside’. Tenderlonious first grabbed my attention with last year’s stunning album – ‘Shakedown’ ,which took him to prestigious gigs at Ronnie Scott’s and the Barbican with Mulatu Astatke, to name a few.

Tenderlonious seemingly doesn’t hold back on experimenting with the instruments at his disposal through his latest album. The glowing snares against the smooth pace set with the slightly filtered kicks in the opening to ‘Casey Jr’ gently ease you into the electro psychedelic journey in store throughout the rest of the album. The enduring momentous build of ‘Hard Rain’ follows on, from the interlude sounding track – ‘Buffalo Gurl’.

The psychedelic alien-like experimentation throughout  – ‘Another State of Consciousness’ , stick the track out poignantly amongst others in the album. Whilst your eased in the opening minutes, the track later develops with the slightly delayed kicks mounting on to the erratic sharp sounding melody line.

The break-fuelled-flute-ride of ‘Aesop Thought’ and LA-style abstract science of ‘Workin Me Out 2’ shine a new light on trip hop, before the album closes with the smoldering, emotive brooder ‘Almost Time’.

You can purchase the full album via bandcamp below: