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Maribou State 2023

Maribou State return with the brand new track "Blackout"

25 July 2023, 12:15 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Maribou State — the duo formed of Chris Davids and Liam Ivory — mark their highly anticipated return with brand new single “Blackoak” as their first new music in over three years.

"Blackoak" sees Maribou State return to form after a three year hiatus, following the 2020 standalone single, "Mother", their 2018 album, Kingdoms In Colour, and the remix version which was released in 2019, featuring the likes of Khruangbin, Skinny Pelembe, and Holly Walker.

The release comes after an intense period of song-writing that saw them embark on several makeshift writing retreats, building their own DIY studios at various secluded locations throughout the UK, and inviting a cast of friends and collaborators along to help. “Blackoak” ended up being written almost entirely in one day during one of the early writing sessions, (“which is extremely rare for us”), and was completed on a later trip with the help of their own amateur choir.

“We invited all our friends down and got them to sing the main hook, “do that for you”, in the stairwell of the house," they say. "The whole thing was fairly chaotic and turned into more of a party than anything productive whilst they were there, but all that energy ended up feeding back into the song and the vocals we recorded really made the ending come to life.”

“The song was written at a difficult time for both ourselves and everyone else involved. Over the past few years we’d both begun to struggle with our sense of selves and how connected we felt to our roots in Britain," they explain of the song's origins.

"The world being in a state of flux seemed to amplify this feeling of disillusion but it led us to explore all the things we loved about where we’re from; the musicians, from artists like David Bowie and The Beatles, through to The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, and also the likes of Burial, Aphex Twin and Sault; all the electronic genres born here, from Jungle to UK Garage and IDM; and Festivals, namely Glastonbury, the countryside & English summers. In “Blackoak” we tried to capture the spirit of all these things, and it unintentionally helped us reconcile some of our feelings of indifference. For us it sits at the apex of our musical journey so far.”

"Blackout" is out now via Ninja Tune.

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