Hypnotising and powerful minimal music.
Scottish drummer and composer Graham Costello creates minimalist-inspired music that ranges from ambient and post-rock, to jazz improvisation and noise rock. Primarily with his band STRATA, he has been nominated for Scottish Album of the Year, as well as seven Scottish Jazz Awards.
Costello formed STRATA in 2016 to blend stylistic elements of minimalism, jazz and noise bands together with a strong DIY ethic. This ethic came from Costello’s involvement in the DIY/indie scene, growing up touring all over Europe with noise rock and electro-psych bands. It was his formal studies in jazz that then led to the formation of STRATA – a band that would bring the two worlds together and become a crucial band at the forefront of new Scottish jazz artists surging into the UK scene and beyond.
This energy of noise rock, the organic improvisation of jazz, and the hypnotising patterns and feel of minimalism has been described as “a meteorite on the scene in Scotland and beyond.” (The National)
After his widely-praised debut album OBELISK in 2019, Costello signed to Gearbox Records (Binker and Moses, Abduallah Ibrahim, Theon Cross, Sarathy Korwar). In May 2021, he released his follow-up album with STRATA: Second Lives, to critical acclaim, with top UK jazz publication Jazzwise naming it one of the “Best Jazz Albums of 2021”.