Ashinoa share new single + video 'Koalibi'. New album 'L'Orée' out March 25th via Fuzz Club.
Lyon, France-based experimental duo Ashinoa are today sharing their new single ‘Koalibi’, the third to be lifted from their forthcoming ‘L’Orée’ LP. Due out on March 25th via Fuzz Club, the new album sees Ashinoa take the listener on a journey through the natural wilderness via the medium of shape-shifting psychedelic electronics. The album builds on the minimal krautrock of their 2019 debut ‘Sinie Sinie’ LP and follows tours around France and shared stages with the likes of Metz, Flamingods, Warmduscher, Bo Ningen, Kikagaku Moyo and many more. Following recent singles ‘Disguised In Orbit’ and ‘Feu De Joie’, you can stream ‘Koalibi’ below and pre-order the vinyl here.
Complete with choppy syncopated percussion, oscillating electronics and a warped psychotropic groove that almost borders on afrobeat territory, ‘Koalibi’ is the sound of Ashinoa at their most ritualistic. On the track, the band said: “Koalibi sounds like the jungle, with animals screaming and birds flying up in all directions. It’s a ritual movement. It’s dancing.” That imagery is echoed in the track’s animated video by Morgane Botella, also released today and available to watch below.
At times percussive and dancey, at others hypnotic and cinematic, the largely synthesiser-driven soundscapes of 'L’Orée' are the sound of two different worlds – a record capable of being as primal and ritualistic as it is synthesised and digitally manipulated. That ‘L’Orée’ explores a more natural and organic sound, such as that heard on ‘Koalibi’, owes largely to the environment the record was made in. Recorded in a tucked-away house in the French countryside that bordered on a surrounding forest, Ashinoa recall sessions spent soaking up their surroundings with a number of collaborators coming in and out to perform on the record:
“The house we recorded the album in was kind of in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by douglas pine trees. From this proximity to the forest, we wanted to take our soundscapes to a place we’ve never been before. Before we were surrounded by concrete, and then far from it. We were looking for a new listening place, to discover new intriguing sounds. We had laid down the basis of the album and then musician friends that would visit us at the time were invited to participate in the making of the album, each one of them bringing a touch of their own.”