English afro-folk-pop ensemble The Melodic will release their debut album, Effra Parade, on November 5 via Anti-. This release will be the follow up to the band’s acclaimed EP On My Way which was released back in June.
This week, Relix Magazine debuted the brand new video for the song On My Way from the new album. The video can be viewed here.
The young members of The Melodic came of age in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of music from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music”, band member Huw Williams explains.
Their new album Effra Parade was self-recorded in a sound-proofed bedroom in South London over several years with a baroque line-up of 18 instruments.
The band explain: “Our bikes filled the hallway of this red and white 1920s terraced house and our instruments became part of the furniture.
“We ran wires under floorboards, constructed acoustic panels and converted Rudi’s childhood bedroom into a modest studio, fully equipped with a fold-down bed for those late night sessions. There, under the watchful eye of a Lee “Scratch” Perry painting, we delved into the art of recording and production.”
They continued: “After so many years of friendship and musical exploration it’s hard to say when this album really began.
“Being our debut, it is our life’s work to date and a testament to the time we have spent together, the places we have travelled to and the many people we have met along the way; all of which have shaped our experiences and our music.”
Effra Parade is set for release on November 5 through Anti-.
The Melodic will be touring with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion beginning this week and opening up for Johnny Flynn and West Sussex Wit on September 23.
The Melodic Tour Dates With Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion:
Sep 7 Club Helsinki Hudson, NY
Sep 8 Cafe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY
Sep 10 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
Sep 11 Westcott Syracuse, NY
Sep 12 Higher Ground Showcase South Burlington, VT
Sep 13 Cafe Nine New Haven, CT
Sep 14 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
Sep 17 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
Sep 18 World Cafe Live Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Sep 19 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
The Melodic With Johnny Flynn and West Sussex Wit
Sep 23 Williamsburg Music Hall Brooklyn, NY