We’re very excited to present the premiere performance of Lafawndah’s latest album, The Fifth Season, with full band including Coby Sey, Valentina Magaletti, Hanna Mbuya and Rosie Turton. Experience the elemental, electro-acoustic chamber ballads of the album, given a new, unpredictable and communal life, captured in Lafawndah’s inimitable synthesis of volatility and stagecraft.
Lafawndah‘s journey to her current incarnation as a devotional pop polymath has wound as unpredictably as her compositional style.
The ceaseless artist returned in September 2020 with The Fifth Season, released on Parisian label Latency. In contrast to the precision-tuned industrial productions of debut album ‘Ancestor Boy’, her second album breathes a different kind of volatility, inviting a new degree of spontaneity into her process, as reflected in collaborations from live sessions with tubist Theon Cross from Sons of Kemet, trombonist Nathaniel Cross, percussionist Valentina Magaletti, Nick Weiss on keys and additional production, French rapper Lala &ce, and with visual artist Marguerite Humeau.
The Fifth Season anchors Lafawndah as a descendent of forebearers Brigitte Fontaine and Scott Walker – a born theatric whose acid humor warps the sub-continental undertow of her emotive storytelling. The live incarnation of the album, presented as a five-piece ensemble, evinces a drive to push these compositions further out, deeper, and more aflame, her confrontational character studies encircled with iridescent, cinematic chamber-bass moves.
Debut album Ancestor Boy was a bracing statement of intent, as was the taut, artful live show accompanying it – drawing the club, composition, and pop into thrillingly unresolved, ultramodern erotics. Beyond these recorded documents Lafawndah moves in a multitude of creative directions across performance, film, curation and more, including Honey Colony, a concert experience and mixtape series reflecting the sprawling, fluid friendships and affinities that generate some of the most forward thinking body music today.
‘Draws on a tradition of mystic minimalism that includes her former collaborator Midori Takada, as well as larger-than-life figures like Björk and Scott Walker, artists who deliver emotional gut-punches via deceptively small gestures” Resident Advisor