Maribou State's new album Kingdoms In Colour - released today via Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint - is the band’s first full-length since 2015’s breakthrough debut album Portraits.
Inspired by the field recordings they made around the world while travelling and touring Portraits - the response to which was phenomenal, amassing well over 80 million streams alone - the album is a “sonic collage”, drawing on ideas and sketches that were written and recorded in places in Asia, Australia, Morocco, America and beyond.
“The first album felt quite insular for us” says Chris, "not just in sound, but literally that it was all written in The Shack. We always had a bigger idea of what we wanted it to be, we wanted to create something that was palpable, that could in some way transport you to another country or another place entirely in your mind”. “The idea with Maribou State was always to draw on influences from different parts of the world” continues Liam "by traveling, sampling, recording, we wanted to create this all encompassing thing. Which is what this second record has ended up being for us”.
It's a beautiful collection. I think my favorites have to be "Beginner's Luck" and "Nervous Tics" but honestly, each stands alone as immensely powerful so it feels almost impossible to chose! The level of production here is so impressive. The vibe they deliver is enchanting.
Keep up the good work!
See Maribou State live at one of the following UK / EU dates this year and worldwide in 2019:
Maribou State Live in 2018
Oct 10 O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
Oct 11 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Oct 12 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Oct 13 The Art School, Glasgow, UK
Oct 16 O2 Academy 2, Oxford, UK
Oct 17 Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Oct 18 The Roundhouse, London, UK
Nov 14 Zonnehuis, Amsterdam, NL
Nov 15 Badaboum, Paris, FR
Nov 17 Saalchen, Berlin, DE
Maribou State Live in 2019
Feb 12 U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
Feb 13 Elsewhere, New York, US
Feb 14 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, US
Feb 15 Le Belmont, Montreal, CA
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Feb 16 Velvet Underground, Toronto, CA
Feb 18 Lincoln Hall, Chicago, US
Feb 19 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, US
Feb 22 Neumos, Seattle, US
Feb 23 Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, CA
Feb 24 Holocene, Portland, US
Feb 27 The Catalyst Atrium, Santa Cruz, US
Feb 28 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, US
Mar 01 The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, US
Mar 07 O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
Mar 08 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, UK
Mar 09 Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
Mar 14 CBE, Cologne, DE
Mar 15 Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE
Mar 16 MeetFactory, Prague, CZ
Mar 17 Grelle Forelle, Vienna, AT
Mar 19 Smolna, Warsaw, PL
Mar 20 Uebel & Gerfahrlich, Hamburg, DE
Mar 21 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, DK
Mar 22 Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Mar 25 Mascotte, Zurich, CH
Mar 26 AB Box, Brussels, BE
Order Kingdoms In Colour: https://MaribouState.lnk.to/kic