Hyperborea (Part 1 & 2)

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Record Label
Speedy Wunderground

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Flamingods are a four-piece, multi-instrumental, multi-cultural band from Bahrain & London formed in 2010. They have previously released music on an array of reputable indies including Moshi Moshi, Soundway and Art is Hard. The band was founded by Kamal Rasool and now consists of Rasool, Sam Rowe, Charles Prest & Karthik Poduval

The group explores and experiments with an array of influences from Western psychedelia, jazz & indie to a wide-eyed obsession with music from the East. Using a vast selection of instruments from the Middle East, India, Thailand and Turkey, the band marries this with Western instrumentations of synthesisers, guitars and drums to create a potent sound all of its own that they call ‘Exotic Psychedelia’.

Label head-honcho Dan Carey came across the band at a late night Glastonbury Crows-Nest set earlier in the year and was obsessed immediately. The track is their set finale and Carey wanted to capture the krautrock fury he witnessed them conjuring up that night on record and so invited them to do a Speedy.

The band say 'Hyperborea is a re-recording of a track of the same name from our second LP, which over the years has developed in our live set into a 12-15 minute mammoth of a tune that found us exploring some heavy psychedelia and krautrock themes woven into the original with multiple new riffs and sections. It's the result of each player in the band developing their parts over the space of 3 years and finally getting it to a stage we were fully satisfied with. We've wanted to record it for so long and it made so much sense working with Dan Carey to pull it off. He's a brilliant mind and alongside his team gave the song the treatment it's been longing for all these years. Dan was like a psych shaman!’

And what a tune it is. The result is a 13 minute mammoth – an epic beast of a song that starts all tribal strings and shamanic distant vocals before building into a sea of monstrous distortion and motorik explosion. That you can dance to.

Also, in true breaking-the rules Speedy-style the label (after the release of their very first double A-side 7” earlier in the series) due to the tracks length, have had to commit this musical assault of the senses to their very first 10” vinyl – the first time in the labels history they have deviated from their strict 7” single format. But it’s worth it.

Break the mould. Make space for Flamingods.

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