“We like to make noise with instruments collected from around the world.” Flamingods.
The Flamingods are an exquisite blend of 5 musicians, all of whom are greatly inspired by world music and instrumentation. Pronounced ‘fla-min-gods’, they see their calling as an otherworldly beast combining their favourite animal – the flamingo – with mythology.
Their sound is cross-cultural and blends a myriad of genres and styles together, each rhythm and melody inspired from a different corner of the globe from as far as Japan, Turkey, India, Tanzania and the Amazon; the band have even been known to operate from various locations all across the world whilst recording one album!
The band have been working on a new 4-track EP titled, Kewali, which is set to be released via Moshi Moshi Records this May. Ahead of its release the band have shared its title track which I can’t get enough of, I love it! I like the way it’s hypnotic slow start gives nothing away and how it transforms halfway through. Initially the pace is gentle, gradually building and gathering ever-so-slowly, vocals are sweet and graceful and the melody is delicate. About halfway through this all changes but you have to listen yourself to see how..
This is one song I can see myself getting lost in for many hours to come and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the EP.
Talking about the title track, the band say: “‘Kewali’ is a song deep-rooted in love and the idea of celebrating what’s around you; to be accepting and open to new experiences and cultures. It’s something we felt particularly passionate about whilst writing the EP, given the uncertainty felt by so many around the world right now.”
Pre-order Kewali from the The Flaming God’s Bandcamp page here.