NEWS : WED, AUG 31, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch Naima Bock And The Institute Collective Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Deliver An Exquisite Performance Of “Campervan”

Naima Bock’s “Campervan,” is a single and official video from Giant Palm, her acclaimed debut. The song, which Stereogum calls “expansive and lovely,” is now the subject of this live performance by Naima, violinist Oliver Hamilton, and the Institute Collective contemporary vocal ensemble. Filmed at Waverley House in Margate, a small seaside town in the Southeast coast of England, it’s an absolutely exquisite presentation of the song. Watch now.
The Institute Collective was founded by composer, producer and vocal arranger Hughie Gavin, and is a collective of artists in their own right who come together to collaborate and perform with other musicians. Gavin offers this on the performance, “I loved arranging ‘Campervan’ as the song has such a natural ebb and flow. I tried to make sure the voices followed that movement, rising and falling throughout. I also wanted to be true to the song’s clear contrasting sections. As well as the part itself, how the choir sung was really important, from the airy builds in the verses to the almost raucous chorus refrain.”
Naima says of the performance, “It was a real pleasure to work with the Institute Collective, we had a beautiful day meeting all of the singers, arrangers and crew. There was a very special energy whilst filming and the more we sang together the better it got. I’m delighted to release this video and to have worked with such a talented bunch”.
Naima Bock’s international tour schedule in support of Giant Palm resumes Friday, September  2nd at The End of the Road festival in Dorset, UK, and currently run through Thursday, October 27th in London at ICA. A US tour announcement will be made soon. Please find a current list of dates below and on
September and October 2022
Fri. Sep. 02 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sun. Sep. 04 - Dublin, IE - Dun Laoghaire Folk Festival (@ The Lighthouse)
Thu. Sep. 08 - Vienna, AT - WAVES Festival (@Fania Live!)
Sun. Sep. 11 - Southampton, UK - Joiners*
Tue. Sep. 13 - Brighton, UK - Chalk*
Wed. Sep. 14 - Margate, UK - Olbys*
Thu. Sep. 15 - Oslo, NO - by:Larm (@ Kafé Hærverk)
Fri. Sep. 16 - Oslo, NO - by:Larm (@Kulturkirken Jakob)
Sat. Sep. 17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club*
Sun. Sep. 18 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny*
Tue. Sep. 20 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz
Wed. Sep. 21 - Hamburg, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
Thu. Sep. 22 - Berlin, DE - Marie Antoinette
Fri. Sep. 23 - Cologne, DE -  Wohngemeinschaft
Sat. Sep. 24 - Frankfurt, DE - Mounsontum
Tue. Sep. 27 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn ^
Wed. Sep. 28 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso (upstairs) ^
Thu. Sep. 29 - Bruges, BE - Villa Bota ^
Sat. Oct. 08 - Margate, UK - Elsewhere
Mon. Oct. 11 - Brighton, UK - The Hope & Ruin
Wed. Oct. 12 - Bristol, UK - The Cube
Thu. Oct. 13 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
Sat. Oct. 15 - Norwich, UK - Wild Paths Festival (@Voodoo Daddy Showroom)
Sun. Oct. 16 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
Thu. Oct. 20 - Oxford, UK - Florence Park Community Center
Fri. Oct. 21 - Glasgow, UK - Hug & Pint
Sat. Oct. 22 - Leeds, UK - Mill Hill Chapel
Sun. Oct. 23 - Newcastle, UK - Cumberland Arms
Thu. Oct. 27 - London, UK - ICA
* w/ Katy J Pearson
^ w/ Dana Gavaniski
Giant Palm is now available on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop/Memorials of Distinction. LP purchases from megamart.sub pop.comselect independent retailers in North Americain the UK, EU, and Naima’s live dates will receive the Loser Edition of the album on orange vinyl (while supplies last).
Naima Bock’s Giant Palm and its singles, saw praise from the likes of Brooklyn Vegan (“Album of the Week, Indie Basement”), CLASH, DIYThe Line of Best Fit, Loud & Quiet, MOJO, New York Times, Our Culture, The Quietus, Stereogum (“Album of the Week”), The Times of LondonUncut, and more.
Recently, Pitchfork included the album in its “34 Great Records You May Have Missed, Spring/Summer,” and said, “Naima Bock has been unraveling her own heritage and weaving it into something new. Bock spent her early childhood in Brazil before relocating to South-East London, and on her solo debut Giant Palm, she braids together bucolic English folk, fluttering Tropicalia, and elements of ’60s psych rock. With the help of producer and arranger Joel Burton, she enlisted over 30 musicians to record on Giant Palm. The cohort’s contributions add a delightful strangeness to the album: Bent saxophone, jazz flute, and strings wrap around Bock’s hazy voice, suggesting some mystical, askew idyll.”
What People Are Saying About Naima Bock’s Giant Palm:
“Exquisite solo debut” - ★★★★ MOJO
“Quiet, melancholy and occasionally divinely uplifting (8/10)” - Uncut
“Hugely ambitious - the individual pieces are delicately arranged, the end product solid as steel” [ “Music of the Month”] - The Quietus
“A real gem…[it’s] cinematic and spectral; it makes one contemplate things like energy flows and meditation and the long arc of history.” [“Album of the Week”] - Stereogum
“Giant Palm, is quietly dazzling, drawing from a wide range of influences including ’70s British folk, jazz, and Tropicalia.” [“Album of the Week, Indie Basement”] - Brooklyn Vegan
“This album has an unforced charm, making it an ideal accompaniment to long summer nights” ★★★★- The Times of London
“Naima Bock’s ‘Giant Palm’ is - frankly - exquisite. A truly special listen” - CLASH
“Steady and calming, intimate and revelatory, sporadically startling - it’s a record as unique as Bock’s history (8/10)” - Loud and Quiet
“As a debut, Giant Palm situates itself in a specific tradition without being constrained by convention - finding a voice in ten tracks that occupy their own lifeforce, almost set in motion by the elements.” ★★★★ - DIY
Giant Palm is a stellar debut and one of 2022’s more distinct releases (8/10)” - The Line of Best Fit
“Though she took a roundabout path to make and release Giant Palm, the way Bock shares her profound moments and little insights with a generous spirit makes for an often brilliant debut.” ★★★★ - All Music
“There’s a bit of ’70s Brian Eno in her vocal delivery and an echo of John Cale in her arrangements, but the fusion of her disparate cultural influences makes for an enchanting sound entirely Bock’s own.” [“Giant Palm”] - New York Times

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