Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering stars in this deliciously macabre and chilling new video for “Twin Flame,” directed by Ambar Navarro. In a dual role, Mering portrays a yearning soul wandering the empty halls of a dark castle after her mysterious husband has ridden off on horseback into the night. What does she find hidden amongst the castle walls? Is her spiritual nemesis, haunting her every move, trying to warn her?
“Twin Flame” is a standout from her acclaimed album And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow, out now on Sub Pop.
On Saturday, September 9th, Weyes Blood opened Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2024 Fashion Show in New York City, walking in the show and writing an original composition for its soundtrack (see Vogue Sep. 9th, 2023).
Later that evening, she delivered an incredible performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, opening Beck and Phoenix’s “Summer Odyssey Tour.” She joined the two headliners on their joint single “Odyssey” and Beck’s “Lost Cause.”
Weyes Blood’s headlining “In Holy Flux Tour” continues in support of And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow, with a show on Friday, September 27th in San Francisco, CA, at The Warfield.
On Wednesday, October 4th, Weyes Blood will headline a special hometown show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles with Perfume Genius.
The “In Holy Flux Tour: The Resurrection,” a run of UK and European shows, will begin Saturday, October 28th in Lisbon, PT at LAV Lisboa ao Vivo and run through Tuesday, November 14th in Nottingham, UK at Rock City.
Weyes Blood will head to South America for shows on Friday, November 24th in Santiago, CL at Fauna Primavera and Sunday, November 26th in Buenos Aires, AR at Primavera Sound. She will also perform on Wednesday, November 29th at Mexico City’s Auditorio Blackberry.
Weyes Blood will be supported on the “In Holy Flux Tour” headlining dates in the US by Sub Pop labelmate Lael Neale (September 27th). In the UK and Europe, Weyes Blood will see support from Vagabon (October 31st-November 15th), Núria Graham (October 28th-30th), and Ichiko Aoba (November 8th and 13th).
Weyes Blood has been captivating audiences with the “In Holy Flux Tour” stops in support of…Hearts Aglow, around the globe.
MOJO says of her recent Glastonbury set, “Her cosmic Carpenters soundworld, a floating white robe and some typically strangeifying visuals by Adam Curtis for ‘God Turn Me Into A Flower’ make this an early peak of the day.” The Times of London offered this, “A poised mix of chamber pop, psychedelic folk, and hypnotic cabaret…. Summer bride meets sorceress.”
Weyes Blood’s And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow is available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs from Sub Pop.
What people are saying about Weyes Blood’s
And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow:
NEW YORK TIMES
★★★★★ - SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
“One of the year’s most breathtaking records.”
“One fantastic tune after another.”
“Album of the Week” ★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN
“…Through stark truths and dreamy poetry, brushes against big ideas about our broken world and quiet apocalypses of her own: it’s an ecosystem of intimacy, in its power to
redeem and to destroy.”
“Utterly contemporary and original.”
9/10 - LOUD & QUIET
“…A record of remarkable consideration. Magnificently composed. Feeling like a timeless classic.”
9/10 - THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“…Her grandest, most elegant work to date.”
9/10 - UNDER THE RADAR
“An idiosyncratic set of love songs and secular hymns with lushly orchestral arrangements.”
8.4/10, “Best New Music” - PITCHFORK
★★★★★ - NME
“Her voice alone is worth preserving humanity for.”
9/10 - UNCUT
“And In the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is intricately put together, with Mering mirroring the sentiments of in head-bending arrangements.”
Deeper’s Careful!, the group’s new full-length album, is available now worldwide on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Pop.
Careful!, which features the singles and official videos for “Sub,” “Build a Bridge,” “Tele,” and “Fame,” was recorded at Palisade Studios in Chicago with help from producer/engineer Dave Vettraino (Makaya McCraven, Lala Lala). This thirteen-track collection of new songs finds the band reshaping facades, splashing color, and sonically testing their limits.
Deeper recently performed at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival and the Chicago Sun Times described their set as an “…unforgettable triumph…joyous, jagged, infectious and definitely musically memorable.”
The band’s previously announced headline world tour in support of Careful! begins with a North American run of shows (September 21st-October 26th), followed by a European and UK tour (October 31-November 14th). The band will also play a special hometown show on October 26th at Chicago’s Thalia Hall. Please find a current list of dates below.
Thu. Sep. 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Healer # Fri. Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI - El Club # Sat. Sep. 23 - Toronto, ON - Baby G # Sun. Sep. 24 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz # Mon. Sep. 25 - Somerville, MA - Crystal Ballroom # Wed. Sep. 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Made # Thu. Sep. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s # Fri. Sep. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar # Sat. Sep. 30 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook # Mon. Oct. 02 - Nashville, TN - Third Man Records # Tue. Oct. 03 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl # Wed. Oct. 04 - New Orleans, LA - Santos # Thu. Oct. 05 - Houston, TX - Black Magic # Fri. Oct. 06 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (inside) $ Sat. Oct. 07 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger $ Tue. Oct. 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar $ Wed. Oct. 11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah $ Fri. Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room $ Sat. Oct. 14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium $ Sun. Oct. 15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent $ Tue. Oct. 17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $ Wed. Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Madame Lou’s $ Sat. Oct. 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^ Sun. Oct. 22 - Denver, CO - Skylark ^ Thu. Oct. 26 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall Tue. Oct. 31 - Berlin, DE - Urban Spree Wed. Nov. 01 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Ideal Bar Thu. Nov. 02 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow Fri, Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Botanique Sat. Nov. 04. Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Sun. Nov. 05 - Paris, FR - La Boule Noire Tue. Nov. 07 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House Wed. Nov. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast Thu. Nov. 09 - Manchester, UK - Yes Fri. Nov. 10 - Bristol, UK - Dareshack Sat. Nov. 11 - London, UK- Pitchfork Music Festival Sun. Nov. 12 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival Tue. Nov. 14 - Cologne, DE - Bumann & Sohn
# w/ Godcaster $ w/ Mia Joy ^ w/ Worlds Worst
What people have been saying about Deeper: “There is an increased confidence and swagger this time to go along with their paranoid, angsty vibe that you can feel immediately on songs like “Tele” and “Fame.” That comes partially from slowing things down just a little, which allows more room for an increased synth presence and uniformly awesome basslines. (Also, in the case of “Fame,” room for sax.) Taking their foot off the gas really opens everything up, adds to the tension, and makes Careful! a decidedly deeper listening experience.” “Indie Basement” - BROOKLYN VEGAN
“Deeper have established their post-punky, indie-rock sound quickly and efficiently and, more than anything, it relies on commanding your attention and keeping it…Careful! is a record that hurdles toward you at breakneck speed, clear mission in mind.” FLOOD
“With a move to Sub Pop, Chicago’s Deeper do a Bowie and reinvent their sound on their brilliant third studio album, Careful!” 9/10, GOD IS IN THE TV
“Deeper have always had a musical connectedness that makes them sound lean and confident, but they seem more comfortable incorporating new elements into that connective tissue now. The synth-work across Careful! adds electricity; a saxophone snarls in between the guitars on “Fame”; there’s a nearly-danceable beat on “Tele.” PASTE
” ’Sub’ finds Deeper settling into its most polished sound yet, one that’s finally ready for the indie-rock big leagues. But even when the grit that defined its earlier work is toned down a bit, Deeper’s music can’t be stripped of an angsty zeal.” NPR
“accurately recalls that stubborn, left-field streak Chicago artists so readily call their own.” [“Sub”] CLASH
“Pop melodies drive “Build a Bridge,” but they’re undercut with Deeper’s classic pointed, jittery guitars that make the track at once catchy and a little unnerving.” CONSEQUENCE
Frankie Cosmos’ “Abigail,” one of the pawsitively awesome standouts from 2022’s Inner World Peace, is being released today on all streaming services as a new remix by Kero Kero Bonito, along with a new arrangement of the song by Greta Kline, and the original demo version.
Kline says, “‘Abigail’ is named after, and is partly about, a dog I saw on Petfinder years ago and became obsessed with. The album art is my drawn version of a real text exchange about her.”
“Kero Kero Bonito is one of our favorite bands (collectively) and after we covered ‘Fish Bowl’ for their ‘remix’ album in 2017, they always said they would remix something of ours someday. They went above and beyond crafting such a fun & original track from the ‘Abigail’ stems for the Kero Kero Bonito remix.
“I’m excited to also showcase my ability as a producer by releasing a new arrangement of ‘Abigail (Casio Version)’ recorded entirely by me at home.
“The original demo of ‘Abigail (Great Scraps Demo)’ is a full verse shorter and super bare - it shows how much the band expanded it and brought it to life for the album version. I think it’s fun to let the listener in on some of the different ways a song can exist, it’s infinite!”
Frankie Cosmos has scheduled a fall US tour in support of Inner World Peace and its expanded, digital deluxe edition Clean Weird Prone, both available now from Sub Pop. The dates begin Friday, September 22nd in Washington, DC at 9:30 Club and end Sunday, October 8th in Brooklyn, NY at Warsaw. Please find a current list of dates below.
Fri. Sep. 22 - Washington, DC - 930 Club Sat. Sep. 23 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Bunker Brewpub Sun. Sep. 24 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern Mon. Sep. 25 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West Thu. Sep. 28 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Fri. Sep. 29 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger Sat. Sep. 30 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall Sun. Oct. 01 - Tulsa, OK - Guthrie Green Mon. Oct. 02 - St Louis, MO - Off-Broadway Tue. Oct. 03 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle Wed. Oct. 04 - Lakewood, OH - Mahalls Thu. Oct. 05 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church, Sun. Oct. 08 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
Frankie Cosmos’ Clean Weird Prone (Inner World Peace Deluxe), is an expanded edition of the band’s 2022 album, Inner World Peace, which garnered praise from The New York Times, PAPER, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence, PASTE, Under The Radar (“Best Albums of 2022”), and Uproxx.
Clean Weird Prone includes the original 15-track Inner World Peace tracklist, along with unreleased tracks, demos, and alternate versions of the album’s songs.
What people are saying about Frankie Cosmos Inner World Peace: “Inner World Peace benefits from that introspection in its ability to groove. These songs bend and stretch like they’re toying with psych pop, even though the music is still delivered through Frankie Cosmos’ now-trademark minimalism. It’s that Stereolab-esque refrain repeating at the end of “A Work Call,” Alex Bailey’s roving bass and guitar parts straight out of the ‘60s in “Fragments,” Lauren Martin’s airy synth warbling like a ripple of smoke in “Fruit Stand.” The better you begin to understand yourself, the easier it becomes to move about the world. That looseness is at the heart of Inner World Peace, both in music and lyrics.” - PITCHFORK
“Growing up but not giving up, Frankie Cosmos counteracts time by way of a shift in sound toward the psychedelic. With looped riffs of whiny reverb and distinct sound layers, Inner World Peace lulls the listener’s sense of awareness; and consequently, produces an experience that is indifferent to time.” - POST-TRASH
“The warped guitar pitches, strutting bass, and spacey keys of “Aftershook,” for example, set a Halloween-friendly mood between brisker segments of punchy indie pop. “F.O.O.F.” (“freak out on Friday”) seems to bridge modern guitar pop, prog rock, and retro sunshine pop thanks in part to its lilting double-tracked lead vocal, fuzzy guitar tones, and breezy backing vocals.” - ALL MUSIC
On November 3rd, Sub Pop will release the 30th anniversary vinyl edition of the pioneering ambient-metal album Earth 2 Special Low Frequency Version by Earth. The re-release revives the double album’s original packaging - an extra-wide jacket with two color inner sleeves - for the first time since the long out-of-print 1993 pressing and adds a double-sided insert with never-before-seen photos of the band from the Earth 2 era. This new edition will be on glacial blue vinyl (US) and Blue Curacao vinyl (UK & EU).
Also out on November 3rd is a companion piece entitled Earth 2.23 Special Lower Frequency Mix. Earth 2.23 highlights the enduring influence of Earth 2 with brand new, exclusive reinterpretations of Earth 2 material by The Bug feat. Flowdan, Robert Hampson (Loop, Main), Justin K Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), and Brett Netson (Built to Spill, Caustic Resin). The four-track vinyl version will be limited to 2,500 copies worldwide and will be on glacial blue vinyl to match the anniversary edition of Earth 2. The digital version will add a bonus remix by Kevin Richard Martin (aka The Bug). The cover of Earth 2.23 features original artwork by underground art legend Savage Pencil.
The Bug says of their contribution “Angels (The Bug Remix feat. Flowdan)”: “When I first heard Earth 2 I didn’t even make it to the end of the album, as I later embarrassingly confessed to Dylan Carlson. But ironically it ended up being one of ‘those’ records that sounds so alien on first listen, but ends up being a constant companion, absolutely embedded under my skin and in constant rotation. So much so that I later approached Dylan to collaborate on our 2017 album Concrete Desert for Ninja Tune. So it was incredibly flattering to be approached by him to reinterpret one of Earth 2’s choice cuts. As I knew Dylan was a fan of my work with Flowdan, it was a no brainer to invite my regular partner in musical crime to spit on the mic for my rework. We aimed to fuse drone, hip hop, low end dirt and grime into a monolithic slab of sonic f-ck you. The result made us smile in the best possible way.”
You can now listen to “Angels (The Bug Remix feat. Flowdan)” from Earth 2.23 Special Lower Frequency Mix HERE.
Earth 2 Special Low Frequency Version 30th Anniversary Edition North American Vinyl Mock Up
Earth 2.23 Lower Frequency Mix North American Mock Up
More on Earth 2 Special Low Frequency Version and Earth 2.23 Special Lower Frequency Mix by Grayson Currin: Did you know there are horses on the cover of Earth 2 Special Low Frequency Version? There are at least three of them there in the right hand corner, pale brown and blonde beauties gathered inexplicably near a white canvas tent, a human possibly perched among its folds. A black cow (is that a cow?) grazes at the left, an enigmatic peppery blemish on an overwhelming landscape of white heaven, blue sky, and green earth. In 1993, that triptych of strata offered a fittingly bold canvas for the pronouncement of a landmark: Earth 2, the glacially paced but radically charged record that is one of heavy metal’s very few sui generis statements of the last 30 years. But as widescreen and vast as the cover may seem, those little details—the horses, the possible human, the faint wisp of white clouds—give it depth and wonder, something for which the imagination can return.
Did you know that the music on Earth 2—repressed now for its 30th anniversary, back in its original artwork, and accompanied by a riveting set of remixes that demonstrate the reach of what Dylan Carlson long ago called “ambient metal”—works much the same way? The surface is massive and obvious, the meatpaw riffs of Carlson and bassist Dave Harwell pounding and swiping and pawing at the speakers, a true bludgeon in three-dimensional sound. Their combined might speak directly to the end-times-minded. “Seven Angels,”for instance, is staggering, the theme throbbing like techno near the piece’s middle.
They ride the slow changes of “Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine” like celestial surfers who have descended from their Mount Olympus perch, patient and powerful and purposeful. The half-hour finale “Like Gold and Faceted” pours out like a tidal wave of mud, its titanic strength seeming to rend free Joe Burns’ incidental percussion like debris on some ravaged roadway. If you’ve always heard Earth 2 as an engrossing exposition of sustained muscle and exquisite volume, fair enough. It is absolutely that.
Listen, though, for the details in the corners, for the finesse beneath the force, and Earth 2 suddenly reveals new levels of depth and wonder. Hear the way the shells of the amplifiers seem to rattle back during a rest seven minutes into “Seven Angels,” like an unintended rhythm section. Or the way the overtones accrete throughout those 15 minutes, like a subterranean choir singing harmony is steadily rising beneath the din. There’s the vertiginous motion of “Teeth,” where layers of distorted drone wash over one another in all directions until you believe that maybe the very idea of forward motion is a mirage. You could spend a lifetime teasing out where one sound begins, another ends.
And then, with “Like Gold and Faceted,” Earth does something of the opposite, leaking one sound into another as if pouring a guitar’s viscous tone through the world’s longest funnel. Close your eyes just beyond the three-minute mark, and you can hear such a rendezvous, with guitars, bass, and amps crackling into a seamless groan. It is a careful and beautiful moment, like noticing all the brushstrokes a painter used to master some ever-complicated gradient of color.
The widespread impact of Earth 2 suggests that others have indeed been leaning in, listening to these minutiae and making something new of them. A masterpiece without many genre precedents, Earth 2 surely helped send doom metal down its more modern drone, ambient, and avant-garde avenues. Those descendants are obvious. Perhaps more surprising and gratifying are the ways it has influenced electronic music, modern composition, and even hip-hop by realigning our senses of tempo, time, and texture. Earth 2 engendered a rearrangement of expectations, regardless of preferred form.
The new five-remix set, Earth 2.23 Special Lower Frequency Mix, makes this clearer than ever. The Bug has taken a bit of “Seven Angels” and laced it with feedback and big bass, allowing grime luminary Flowdan to climb atop it with his dark, staccato visions. Responsible for many transformational records himself, Justin K. Broadrick of Jesu and Godflesh crawls inside “Teeth” to lash at it with punishing drum machines and sordid layers of new distortion, building it into some brokedown palace of industrial mayhem. Loop’s Robert Hampson makes good on the premise of ambient metal with his 30-minute hypnotic beauty, while longtime Earth cohort and longtime Built to Spill multi-instrumentalist Brett Netson seems to float the sound through a benighted graveyard on his clever “Teeth” revamp. When The Bug’s Kevin Richard Martin comes back around for “Like Gold and Faceted,” he puts it on a dub platter, spinning it through a demented psychedelic fantasyland. These are not obvious directions for Earth’s impact. Again, Earth 2 was never an obvious record.
Earth does not sound like Earth 2 anymore. Along with steadfast drummer Adrienne Davies, Carlson has landed after an extended pause somewhere between Earth 7 and Earth Infinity, using the nominal structure of blues-based instrumental rock to follow flickering riffs through the deep dark. They are refined, subtle, and deceptively quiet now, as if always about to crest some undetected barrier.
The force that made Earth 2 so jarring and affirming is still there, though, hidden in plain sound, as if the image of 1993 has been suddenly reversed. Rather than see mostly the striking mountain and try to tease out the details, as Carlson and Harwell did so rapturously on Earth 2, you now first see the mountain’s minute details—its cracks, faces, grains—and intuit that the imposing shape is still there, even if you cannot comprehend its true enormity. But 30 years on, have we yet to grasp the enormity of Earth 2, anyway, an album that has continued its slow cycle of influence, uninterrupted? Probably not. Hell, most of us don’t even know there are horses on the cover.
Earth 2 Special Low Frequency Version 30th Anniversary Edition
Tracklisting: 1. Seven Angels 2. Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine 3. Like Gold and Faceted
Earth 2.23 Special Lower Frequency Mix
Tracklisting: 1. Angels (The Bug Remix feat. Flowdan) 2. May Your Vanquished Be Saved from the Bondage of their Sins (Robert Hampson Remix) 3. Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine (Justin K Broadrick Remix) 4. Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine (Brett Netson Version) 5. Like Gold and Faceted (Kevin Richard Martin Remix)* *digital-only
Available today, September 7th, Naima Bock has shared a cover of Leonard Cohen’s archetypal masterpiece, “So Long, Marianne,” available now on all DSPs from Sub Pop/Memorials of Distinction. This stand-alone track was engineered & produced by Ali Chant at The Playpen Studio in Bristol, UK.
Bock shares about the cover: “I first found out about Leonard Cohen’s ‘So Long Marianne’ when I was walking in Fordham Park in New Cross, London as a young teenager. I saw ‘To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again’ inscribed on a bench plate in memory of a woman called Marianne (this bench has now sadly gone). The lyrics touched me in a profound way, and I remember crying a little when I saw them. These words in the context of someone’s passing were so profound and (for me) encompassed all of life and its constant tides. Of course, I later went home and listened to the hell out of Mr. Cohen, which I would continue to do for many years after, always finding safety in his voice and words.”
We (myself and the band) had been playing this song as a cover during our tours in 2022, and when we went in with Ali Chant, we decided to record a live version of it. I always felt nervous about recording a cover of Leonard Cohen. it obviously never stands up to the original, but I wanted to do it justice and, if nothing else, try not to diminish it in any way. My feelings around this recording were somewhat complicated, and although I could recognize how good the band (Meitar Wegman on Saxophone, Cassidy Hansen on drums, Clem Appleby on bass/ electric guitar, and Oliver Hamilton on violin, everyone on backing vocals) sounded, I didn’t like my vocal delivery. That is until I heard the backing vocals come in on a later chorus, and something inside me clicked, and I fell in love with what we had done.
I have always felt hugely supported by the musicians I play with, and when I heard their voices in this recording, it reminded me to be accepting and LOVING of imperfections, imperfections in my voice, which I have always (like many singers) been painfully aware of, imperfections in art, in myself. I thought if I didn’t want to present something imperfect to the world, then where do I stand morally in regards to what people consume, perfection only? This is the reality for many people, not just in artistic expression but in appearance, career trajectory etc. perfection only pleases. This is not only unrealistic but also detrimental to our minds and souls, we never will be perfect and if all we consume feels like it is, then we must be less. This is not a game that I will support, so here it is, my lovingly given imperfect version of ‘So long, Marianne’. I also altered the lyrics from ‘Violet park’ to ‘Fordham park’ to honour the Marianne who introduced me (from the other side) to Leonard Cohen. “
Bock will embark on a 9-date EU tour, beginning in Leipzig, Germany, on September 15th, opening for Squid, with headline and festival performances in the UK & Vienna in November. See below for a full list of dates.
Fri. Sep. 15 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz # Sat. Sep. 16 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte # Tue. Sep. 19 - Milan, It - Santeria Social Club # Thu. Sep. 21 - Barcelona, ES - Sala Apolo # Fri. Sep. 22 - Valencia, ES - Teatro La Rambleta # Sat. Sep. 23 - Madrid, ES - Sala Copernico # Sun. Sep. 24 - Bordeaux, FR - Rock School Barbey # Mon. Sep. 25 - Paris, FR - Elysee Montmartre # Wed. Sep. 27 - Rouen, FR - Le 106 # Mon. Oct. 25 - Totnes, UK - The Albatross Tue. Oct. 26 - Falmouth, UK - The Cornish Bank Fri. Nov. 03 - Hebden Bridge, UK - The Trades Club Sun. Nov. 05 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute Thu. Nov. 9 - Bristol, UK - Dareshack Fri. Nov. 10 - London, UK - EartH (AKA Hackney Arts Centre) Thur. Nov. 23 - Vienna, AT - Blue Bird Festival (Porgy & Bess)
# w/ Squid
What People Are Saying About Naima Bock: “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
“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
Shabazz Palaces is masterminded by vocalist and producer Ishmael Butler and remarkably, this gliding and expansive new offering features his son, the incomparable Lil Tracy. Ishmael flexes his lyrical prowess in a cascading meditation with a snaking bass groove, whilst Tracy delivers his vivid and cinematic diamond flow brilliance.
Speaking on the genesis of “Woke Up In A Dream,” Ishmael explains: “My son hella influences me, and not just musically. He was home visiting, and we were just lounging around, talking shit and smoking weed, etc. Over the course of the night, he would go in and lay stuff down. Between breaks for eating and watching the game, he’d go back in, layering and sculpting and then floating the background ghost vocals. I was trying to play it cool, but I was geeked - when I heard what he did, I was like, “DAMN, this dude is really HIM.”
The single is from Robed in Rareness, a new seven-song mini album, worldwide on October 27th, 2023. Watch the animated visualizer directed by Jacob Kasar.
Robed in Rareness is the first full collection of new material since The Don of Diamond Dreams, their critically acclaimed LP released in 2020.
The album features collaborations with Seattle’s Royce The Choice and Porter Ray, Colorado Springs’ O Finess, Butler’s twin Lavarr the Starr, Bronx’s Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo), and Butler’s son, the aforementioned Lil Tracy.
Robed in Rareness was produced by Shabazz Palaces, mixed by Erik Blood, and engineered by Ishmael Butler and Blood at Studio4 West in Venice, California, with mastering by Warren Defever at Third Man Mastering.
Robed in Rareness’ lead-off single “Binoculars (feat. Royce The Choice)” was released last month, which Pitchfork says “sounds like it’s coming from a gravity-free bunker.” Get lost in the animated visualizer for “Binoculars (feat. Royce The Choice),” also directed by Kasar.
Shabazz Palaces’ first round of touring in support of Robed in Rareness begins with a short run of east coast dates on Wednesday, September 27th, in Kingston, NY at Tubby’s, and now runs through Sunday, October 2nd in Philadelphia, PA at Milkboy. The group will also appear at My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday event in Quintana Roo, MX, on April 4th, 2023—additional live dates to be announced soon.
2023 Wed. Sep. 27 - Kingston, NY - Tubby’s Thu. Sep. 28 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall Fri. Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC - Entrepot 77 (Late) Fri. Sep. 29 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal Festival (Early) Sun. Oct. 01 - Washington, DC - DC9 Mon. Oct. 02 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy
2024 Thu. Apr. 04 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Fri. Aug. 05 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Sat. Aug. 06 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Sun. Aug. 07 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Shabazz Palaces Robed in Rareness
Tracklisting: 1. Binoculars (feat. Royce The Choice) 2. Woke Up In A Dream (feat. Lil Tracy) 3. P Kicking G (feat. Porter Ray) 4. Cinnamon Bun (feat. Lavarr the Starr) 5. Scarface Mace (feat. O Finess) 6. Gel Bait (feat. Geechi Suede) 7. Hustle Crossers