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Naima Bock - Below A Massive Dark Land
Below A Massive Dark Land
Artist: Naima Bock
Format: CD


Label: SUB POP
Rel. Date: 09/27/2024
UPC: 098787162226

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1. Gentle
2. Kaley
3. Feed My Release
4. My Sweet Body
5. Lines
6. Further Away
7. Takes One
8. Age
9. Moving
10. Star

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But there's power in the solitary, too. Giant Palm was arranged with collaborator Joel Burton, but going this one alone in search of something that was truly hers, Naima found she was capable of more. After me and Joel stopped working together, she remembers, it was an impossibility to even fathom doing arrangements myself but then I started learning violin and it was possible. Finding that she could go it alone was incredibly powerful for Naima: I think I needed it, to be able to feel proud of something.Beyond the writing process, however, the record is not a stark, stripped back affair. Below still has the majesty that made Giant Palm so remarkable. Having tugged the first record down from the skies and spreading it across the earth, Naima finds a newfound vocal power and confidence born from hundreds of hours on stage, and the music sounds fuller, more tangible, and no less enveloping. This can be heard on the albums lead singles: Kaley feels fresh and surprising in it's rug-pull choppiness but is distinctly Naima in it's swinging, jubilant choruses. The accompanying Further Away takes a different tack, drawing you in with it's simplicity. Finally, the hazy, luxurious beauty of Feed My Release draws on the sepia-toned traditions of The Roches, John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III and imbues them with the kind of stark confessional songwriting of Mount Eerie. These are ambitious, rich arrangements that reach deeper and darker lyrically than Giant Palm.Below a Massive Dark Land was predominantly produced by Jack Osborne (Bingo Fury) and Joe Jones, and recorded at The Crypt in north London, with additional production and arrangement by Oliver Hamilton (caroline, Shovel Dance Collective) and Naima herself. Six of the tracks on Below were mixed by Jason Agel, with the remainder done by Osborne and Jones. The album was mastered by Kevin Tuffy.