To accompany the news, Lafawndah also released her lead single from the album, ‘You, at the End’, a rolling vocal proclamation that defies structure and curls itself around the same chord progressions.
Differently to her first album ‘Ancestor Boy’, ‘You, at the End’ is gentler than the harsh electronic experimentation of tracks like ‘Uniform’ or ‘Substancia’, tending more towards a jazz instrumental. Lyrically, Lafawndah works a poem by Kate Tempest into aching musical reality.
‘The Fifth Element’ as an album was inspired by Lafawndah’s readings of NK Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, extending its mythology. The album also features interpretations and reworkings of hybrid-folk godfather Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s ‘Don’t Despair’ and French composer Lili Boulanger’s ‘Old Buddhist Prayer’.
Lafawndah’s debut album ‘Ancestor Boy’ was released in 2019. In 2018, she worked with Japanese ambient pioneer Midori Takada on ‘Le Renard Bleu’, a long-form ambient piece that they then presented as a performance at the Barbican.Listen to ‘You, at the End’ below and preorder the album here.
Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Follow her on TwitterRead this next: Get the best of Mixmag direct to your Facebook DMs