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“Echo-drenched world-psych mesmerism” – The Independent
“You’ll love this sonic out-of-body experience” – NME
“a breath of fresh air” – Drowned in Sound
“If you think a GOAT live show is full of abandon go and see Flamingods” – Loud & Quiet
Flamingods’ art is rooted in a love for the spaces between cultures. They’re cross-cultural magpies, absorbing styles and instruments from the world over into their mesmerising sound. New EP ‘Kewali’ is out today on Moshi Moshi Records (Teleman, Slow Club, Anna Meredith).
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.
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.
Flamingods headline The Jazz Café on the 3rd of October tickets here and launch the EP through an in-store performance and signing at Rough Trade East on Tuesday, May 30thhere.
You may well catch them at a festival this summer, full dates below.
30 LONDON Rough Trade East (EP launch + signing)
02 DÜDINGEN Bad Bonn Kilbi
03 LONDON Field Day
04 CHELTENHAM Wychwood Festival
08 COLOGNE Bumann & Sohn
10 BERLIN Torstraßen Festival (Bassy Club)
11 HAMBURG Hafenklang (Goldener Salon)
01 July LARGS Festival Kelburn Garden Party (The Viewpoint Stage)
07 July WINCHESTER Festival Blissfields (Second Stage)
08 July EXMOOR Festival Samphire Festival (Main Stage)
09 July MACCLESFIELD Bluedot Festival (Main Stage)
21 July CAMBRIDGESHIRE DJ Set Secret Garden Party (Lost Woods)
23 July SHEFFIELD Festival Tramlines Festival (Devonshire Green)
28 July CORNWALL Festival Leopallooza (Main Stage)
29 July ST GERMANS Festival Port Eliot Festival (Caught By The River)
30 July EAST LULWORTH Festival Camp Bestival (Caravanserai Stage)
30 July EAST LULWORTH Festival Camp Bestival (Big Top Stage)
04 OXFORDSHIRE Wilderness Festival
13 August AMSTERDAM Planet Oedipus Festival (Red Light Radio Stage)
19 ŠIBENIK Obonjan Island Amphitheatre
25 August LE MANS Festival Teriaki
01 RIVIÈRES Festival Baignade Interdite
09 EAST LULWORTH Bestival
10 GUILDFORD Festival Always The Sun Festival (Main Stage)
16 HAWARDEN The Good Life Experience (Caught By The River)