I’m a list fan. Top 10 lists, bottom 10 lists, doesn’t matter. When it comes to music, outside of the annual, quarterly, monthly, bi-weekly, and Bey-weekly lists, my favorite is the Mercury Prize shortlist. It’s a prestigious list that celebrates British and Irish musicians, and it is the place where I discovered a little trio called Gogo Penguin.
When I first saw the name, the immediate thought that popped in to my head was “quirky indie rock band.” A tried and true formula for success. I quickly discovered that I was deliciously incorrect. Gogo Penguin is, at their heart, a jazz band.