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Athena (Indie Exclusive Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP

Stones ThrowSKU fr-4207

alt r&b with West African influences & experimental touches
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First emerging as an avant-garde violinist, Sudan Archives' foray into songwriting, producing, and singing comes together on Athena, her "psychedelic, magnetic" debut album. Sudan puts her distinctive mark on modern R&B, pulling heavily from African music; speaking on Cameroonian electronic music pioneer Francis Bebey," she says "his music is so simple, and the way he combines strings and electronic music is such a vibe." Bebey's style lead Sudan to incorporate the violin into her beats, and after some "trail-blazing" EPs, Sudan Archives and Sink, her fusion of North African-style fiddling, pared-back production, and layered R&B harmonies gel together more definitely than ever, 12 of her most ambitious work to date making the cut on the record. Check out "Confessions," built on epic strings, hard-hitting drums, and ethereal vocals/harmonies/melodies, or the chill bounce of "Limitless." "Honey" pairs dubby vocals w/ a pleasantly lo-fi, left-leaning beat, and "Pelicans In the Summer," lead by warm organ chords and an interesting time signature, rounds out the excellent long player.

  • bronze marble vinyl
  • includes insert
  • music label: Stones Throw 2019
reviewed by singing in japanese 11/2019
UPC: 659457241261


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