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Bambara - "Serafina" (Lyrics Video)
Here are the credits: Directed by William Hart and Bambara Shot by William Hart Actors: Alex Giroux and Andrea Galvez Order the 'Stray' LP Here - https://www.wharfcatrecords.com/store/bambara-stray One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s Stray is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified – perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won’t be the first thing that strikes you about the group’s fourth – and greatest – album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times – on stand out tracks like “Sing Me To The Street” and “Serafina” – simply overwhelming Bambara – twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh, singer/guitarist and drummer respectively, and bassist William Brookshire – have been evolving their midnight-black noise into something more subtle and expansive ever since the release of their 2013 debut Dreamviolence. That process greatly accelerated on 2018’s Shadow On Everything, their first on New York’s Wharf Cat Records and a huge stride forward for the band both lyrically and sonically. The album was rapturously received by the press, listeners and their peers. NPR called it a “mesmerising...western, gothic opus,” Bandcamp called the "horror-house rampage" "one of the year's most gripping listens," and Alexis Marshall of Daughters named it his “favorite record of 2018.” Shadow also garnered much acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic. Influential British 6Music DJ Steve Lamacq, dubbed them the best band of 2019’s SXSW, and Joe Talbot of the UK band IDLES said, "The best thing I heard last year was easily Bambara and their album Shadow On Everything." The question was, though, how to follow it? To start, the band did what they always do: they locked themselves in their windowless Brooklyn basement to write. Decisions were made early on to try and experiment with new instrumentation and song structures, even if the resulting compositions would force the band to adapt their storied live set, known for its tenacity and technical prowess. Throughout the songwriting process, the band pulled from their deep well of creative references, drawing on the likes of Leonard Cohen, Ennio Morricone, Sade, classic French noir L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafraud, as well as Southern Gothic stalwarts Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews. Once the building blocks were set in place, they met with producer Drew Vandenberg, who mixed Shadow On Everything, in Athens, GA to record the foundation of Stray. After recruiting friends Adam Markiewicz (The Dreebs) on violin, Sean Smith (Klavenauts) on trumpet and a crucial blend of backing vocals by Drew Citron (Public Practice) and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta), Bambara convened in a remote cabin in rural Georgia, where Reid laid down his vocals. The finished product represents both the band's most experimental and accessible work to date. The addition of Citron and Ivory-Block’s vocals create a hauntingly beautiful contrast to Bateh’s commanding baritone on tracks like “Sing Me to the Street”, “Death Croons” and “Stay Cruel," while the Dick Dale inspired guitar riffs on “Serafina” and "Heat Lightning" and the call-and-response choruses throughout the album showcase Bambara’s ability to write songs that immediately demand repeat listens. While the music itself is evocative and propulsive, a fever dream all of its own, the lyrical content pushes the record even further into its own darkly thrilling realm. If the songs on Shadow On Everything were like chapters in a novel, then this time they’re short stories. Short stories connected by death and its effect on the characters in contact with it. “Death is what you make it” runs a lyric in “Sweat,” a line which may very well be the thread that ties these stories together. But it would be wrong to characterize Stray as simply the sound of the graveyard. Light frequently streams through and, whether refracted through the love and longing found on songs like “Made for Me” or the fantastical nihilism on display in tracks like the anthemic “Serafina,” reveals this album to be the monumental step forward that it is. Here Bambara sound like they’ve locked into what they were always destined to achieve, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying.
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Bambara "Monument" (Official Video)
Bambara - Monument [OFFICIAL VIDEO] "Monument" is from the Shadow On Everything" LP out now on Wharf Cat Records. Order LP/CD here - https://www.wharfcatrecords.com/store/bambara-shadow-on-everything-pre-order Credits: Directed by Bambara Filmed by Tim Ciavara Exterior Footage by Erik A. Burdett Edited by Blaze Bateh Starring Merlin Monroe
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Bambara - "Sing Me to the Street" (Official Video)
Directed by Will Hart and Bambara Filmed by Will Hart Production Assistant: Max Cann **STROBE LIGHT WARNING** "Sing Me to the Street" is from the album 'Stray' which is out on Wharf Cat Records. Pre-order yours here - http://bit.ly/2mxQaLh
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Bambara - "Heat Lightning" (Official Video)
Directed by Bambara and William Hart Shot by William Hart "Heat Lightning" is from the album "Stray" out on 2/14. Order your LP/CD/Special Edition LP here - https://www.wharfcatrecords.com/store/bambara-stray Pre-order / Stream: https://smarturl.it/h3atlightning 'Stray' is a deeply expressive and evocative release, that elevates the tightly composed goth-adjacent post-punk that has become the band’s hallmark, while walking a fascinating path as an exercise in songwriting. It’s an album built on dedication, creative risk taking and an immersive approach to creative expression that pay off in a release that, for the already celebrated band, represents a monumental leap forward.
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Bambara - "Stay Cruel" (Single Version)
Directed by Bambara Starring Tasha Peterson, Jules Tomei, Hayden Hinton-Deschner, and Noah Fowler Thanks to Ambika Terhanian Order the 'Stray' LP here - https://www.wharfcatrecords.com/store/bambara-stray About 'Stray' One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s Stray is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable. It would be wrong, however, to characterize the group’s fourth album as simply a dark and gloomy affair. The sonic landscape is varied, showcasing the band at both their heaviest and most nuanced, while the lyrics quickly go from the sublime to the surreal. It is undoubtedly their strongest statement yet.
Bambara - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
http://KEXP.ORG presents Bambara performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded March 4, 2020. Songs: Serafina Death Croons Heat Lightning Stay Cruel Host: John Richards KEXP Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Scott Holpainen & Justin Wilmore Editor: Jim Beckmann http://kexp.org https://bambara.bandcamp.com
Bambara on Audiotree Live (Full Session)
Download & stream Bambara on Audiotree Live -- http://smarturl.it/AT-Bambara Bambara is a grimy noise-rock band whose recent release "Shadow on Everything" is a cinematic achievement. The loose concept record mashes cowboy jangle with aggressive post-punk to form a scummy, empty landscape for characters to inhabit. Laced throughout is a winding, poetic tale of relationship strife and vignettes from the character's hometown. Recorded on June 27, 2018 in Chicago, IL. Visit the band's website -- https://bambara.bandcamp.com/music -- YouTube playlist - http://bit.ly/2JmHJI4 Subscribe to Audiotree -- http://bit.ly/1LLy4ur Watch more -- http://www.audiotree.tv/
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