Following a magic carpet ride through major festivals of the UK and Europe this summer, supersonic sorcerers MY BABY have announced details of their vertiginous fourth album, ‘MOUNAIKI ~ By the Bright of Night’ – PLUS!!! A six-date headline UK tour.
Hot on the heels of last year’s lauded LP ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’ and gracing the main stages of Bestival, Boomtown, Wilderness and Shambala festivals this year, the Dutch/Kiwi psychedelic trio return with a thrilling new album of their trademark stomping, astrological, shamanic Psych-Rock.
‘MOUNAKI ~By the Bright of Night’ entwines frontwoman Cato van Dyck’s entrancing vocals, kaleidoscopic guitars, deep bass-driven grooves and tripped out tribal beats. The album is a further foray intoMY BABY’s perpetual journey – connecting the earth’s roots with planetary wonder through a genre bending, time travelling narrative.
First single ‘In the Club’ – a throbbing, lysergic mash of Bluegrass, Disco, Funk and Trance, is getting spins on BBC Radio 2 and just topped the radio charts in the Netherlands. With a driving bassline and multilayered distortions, the track conjures up mescaline flashbacks with a pinch of Dolly Parton.
More than just the band’s name, ‘MY BABY’ is a central character in the band’s songwriting – a kind of phantom muse. She is imagined as ‘a girl in the 70s dreaming about being a flapper girl from the 20s’. Their brand of storytelling over hypnotic grooves arose from the challenge of unifying musical influences:
“This way of working allowed us to be very diverse in our songwriting. The labyrinthian dream-like world, where the character travels through different ages, inspired us to delve into Jazz and ragtime from the Twenties, the American songbook of the Thirties as well as film scores from Forties film noir and Italian neorealism.” Says Cato.
MY BABY’s mesmeric sound is informed by Shamanic Chants, Muddy Blues, ancient Folk, 70s Funk, Afrobeat, Moroccan Gnawa, Indian Raga, transcending perfectly into contemporary dance beats deftly delivered by drummer Sheik van Dyck.
The undulating, hypnagogic title track ‘MOUNAIKI’ perfectly encapsulates the marriage of these rhythms. “Mounaiki is the shamanistic name given to the main character, meaning ‘love and will’.
“MY BABY’s quest to find meaning and identity leads her to a path of transformation”, explains lead guitarist Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston. ‘We took inspiration from many musical heroes of ours. Most notably Sly Stone, who also became a character in the song ‘SUPERNATURAL AID’”, adds Sheik.
MY BABY have become notorious for their unequalled blend of roots-driven dance music, gaining the approval of audiences and critics worldwide. They’ll be bringing their bewitching beats back to our shores for a UK headline tour this autumn: