LAFAWNDAH PREMIERES “ALLY” VIDEO ON DAZED DIGITAL
NEW EP TAN OUT NOW ON WARP RECORDS
Lafawndah presents her new video for “Ally,” taken from her current EP Tan (out now on Warp Records). The film was unveiled by Dazed Digital, who premiered it alongside a Q&A with Lafawndah.
Dazed: “with her fresh, forward-facing approach to sound, Dazed 100 alumnus Lafawndah is the cream of New York’s new wave of underground producers… (in the video) a journey unfolds over the following four minutes, ending with a beautifully chaotic dance scene which the singer describes as a “vulnerable moment” – a fitting climax to the song’s uninhibited, freefalling style and attitude.”
The “Ally” video was devised and directed by Lafawndah herself; please read on for her statement on the distinctive visuals:
“The smoothing of the six upper teeth takes about 15 minutes. The filing is performed by a dental specialist. Before the ceremony begins, the technician will read spells to ensure that the ceremony runs smoothly.
After the reading of the spells, the technician will inscribe a sigil on the teeth and chest using a ruby ring. This ring is also useful for guarding the ceremony from the attacks. Before the filing of the teeth, her mouth will be first propped open with lumber or sugar cane. She will then rinse her mouth with turmeric water.
When the ceremony has ended, she with the filled teeth bites betel leaf. The saliva is collected on an ivory coconut. The ritual ends with a sprinkle of purified water.
The ceremony itself is expensive. Therefore, it is usually done en mass and in the summer.
Each of the six teeth corresponds to six human attributes that are considered to be those that humans inherited from animals. The teeth are filled in order to harness these powers. They are: kama (desire); loba (ambition); krodha (righteousness); mada (wildness); moha (cunning); matsarya (justice).”
– Lafawndah, February 2016
Lafawndah has only been making music for a relatively short time, but already she’s causing ripples worldwide with her futuristic take on global electronic music, taking influence from Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Missy Elliot, Kate Bush, traditional Middle Eastern singers, dancehall queens and the Night Slugs label’s modernist take on grime and bass.
For her debut self-titled EP Lafawndah flew to Guadeloupe to work with Portuguese producer Garagem Banda, Emily King, and zouk veteran Jean Claude Bichara. Similarly, the recording of Tan began on an island with the same minimal studio set-up. This time, with collaborators Nick Weiss and Tamer Fahri, it was Fire Island off the South Shore of New York rather than the Caribbean island. Soon enough proceedings hopped to the totemic island of Manhattan, where she embodied the role of executive producer by folding the like-minded ADR and L-Vis 1990 into her process to help realize a warped vision of esoteric industrial rhythms fused to an aggressive palate of nomadic atmospherics.
Lafawndah Tan EP tracklisting
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