Flamingods announce new EP and transcend all frontiers on ‘Kewali’
‘Kewali’ EP comes out 26th May on Moshi Moshi
Newly picked up by Moshi Moshi Records (Teleman, Slow Club, The Wave Pictures) following their intriguing breakthrough LP, ‘Majesty’, last summer, Bahrain-via-London psychonauts Flamingods have seen praise come in quick for their fearless invention and mesmerising live performances. Following their storming of the Sunrise stage at Latitude last year, alongside appearances at End of the Road, Latitude and Green Man, the group have attracted a kind of awed reverence for their effortless confluence of instruments and styles from as far afield as Japan, Turkey, India, Tanzania and the Amazon.
Originally started as a solo bedroom project for main vocalist Kamal Rasool, they became a multi-headed musical force following an eight hour impromptu jam session at the Animal Collective curated ATP Festival in 2010. Since that moment of conception, Flamingods has operated at the nether regions of the creative process. Their brazenly rootless and cosmopolitan approach, which voraciously consumes dance, psych and folk from across the planet and reconstructs it into beguiling psychedelic wig-outs, comes at a crucial time in our global culture.
While their limitless approach to instrumentation and origination is peerless, their music is couched in a reverence for the kind of magical hook that any person in any place can immediately latch on to. Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, i-D, Loud & Quiet, Dazed and Fader have all joined in the chorus of praise and fervour building around the group.
‘Kewali’ is the title track from their latest EP. It’s a song about love and the spaces between us, both physically and emotionally. With electrifying melodies and immersive production it comes on like a wave of lysergic euphoria. Doffing its hat to the monolithic bass grooves of the late sixties, it culminates with a mammoth braying guitar solo. Like the rest of the EP which bears its name, ‘Kewali’ is the result of Flamingods coming off the road having learnt the secret musical alchemy that turns an audience from a bunch of onlookers into a unitary hive mind, together floating on the same feeling.
Flamingods are a step forward at a time when the world seems bent on looking backwards. Feeding on the interplay between different cultures and ideas, their freeform mentality calls to mind dazzling experiments like kosmische musik or free jazz, but in their encyclopaedic multicultural compositions they stand as wholly unique.
As the future gets more uncertain, we may want to look outwards, towards a kaleidoscopic confluence of ideas outside of our own cultures. Flamingods may physically be a musical group, but conceptually they’re the product of an idea. An incredibly hopeful and beautiful one at that.
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23 March 2017 – London, Village Underground
31 March 2017 – Tallinn, Tallinn Music Week
04 April 2017 – Azores Islands, Tremor Festival
22 April 2017 – Reading, Are You Listening? Festival
29 April 2017 – Leeds, Live at Leeds Festival
30 April 2017 – Manchester, Sounds From The Other City
12 May 2017 – Bristol, The Lantern
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16 May 2017 – Oxford, O2 Academy Oxford (w/ Comet is Coming)
24 May 2017 – London, Heaven (w/ Comet is Coming)
03 June 2017 – London, Field Day
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