On the eve of their 10-date US / Canadian tour, The Black Seeds announce their long-awaited sixth studio album to the world. Fabric, which will be their first album in over five years, is set to be released on September 8th 2017 via Rhythmethod. The album features their brand new single ‘Better Days’ which marked a triumphant return earlier this May.
To celebrate, the band has shared a lyric video for the new single, created by Mark Russell (Renegade Peach) and Owen Watts (The Maker’s Initiative) featuring stunning scenes from around Aotearoa/New Zealand. Watch the time-lapsed footage here or below, made with the support of NZ On Air.
Pre-order Fabric now:
‘The best reggae band in the world right now’ – Rolling Stone Germany
‘Almost like the changing of the seasons, you can count on The Seeds to rock into your town and deliver an uplifting concoction of reggae, dub and funk with their own ingenious twist’ – Otago Daily Times
‘One of the best live reggae acts on the planet’ – Clash Music
‘The forefront of reggae today and tomorrow’ – JamBase
After a couple of years touring the world and juggling festival slots, The Black Seeds focused their efforts throughout 2016 and 2017 on the recording of their new studio album. The sessions for Fabric took place at acclaimed engineer/producer and long-time Black Seeds collaborator, Lee Prebble‘s Wellington studio The Surgery. The result is a twelve-track album of bold, groove-heavy tunes.
It wouldn’t be a Black Seeds record without the warm affirmations of Weir and Weetman’s words, which we hear right from top to tail. The uplifting album opener ‘Better Days’ ensures us that “better days are coming, lonely nights are leaving”, while tracks like ‘The Weaver’ remind us that love will conquer all pain.
The kinetic energy within the album is physically infectious and makes you want to move. There are times where we dip into a gorgeous nostalgic homage to the late 70s/early 80s rnb-funk era with songs like ‘Freakin’ or the bass-heavy groove of ‘Everybody Knows’. Overall, there is a grand expansiveness that sets over the tracklist, allowing for each song to breathe and exist on its own, but also comfortably within the context of the wider picture. This shows The Black Seeds’ limitless creative energy for what it is – always moving forward and progressing without compromising the soul of who they are, while always remaining conscious of the current world around them.
The Black Seeds – Fabric
Out September 8th 2017 via Rhythmethod in New Zealand
Back To You
Lost In The Bush
Listen to the new single ‘Better Days’ here: