Majesty

Majesty

by Flamingods

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Overview

Majesty

The third studio long-player from the globe-trotting indie rock quintet, Majesty is Flamingods most accessible outing to date; a densely layered yet consistently effervescent collection of worldbeat-infused psych-pop that invokes names like Animal Collective, Temples, Bibio, Konono Nº1, and Goat. With roots in both the U.K. and Bahrain, the group's propensity toward utilizing North African and Middle Eastern textures is hardly surprising, but those cultural touchstones are integrated in a wholly organic way throughout the LP's just-over-40-minute runtime. The folkloric narrative -- Majesty is billed as a conceptual album following a protagonist named Yuka and his journey of enlightenment -- is largely formulaic, in a kind of Beatlesy mysticism sort of way, but it serves the music effectively, providing a bit of context when things start to get a little heady on the sonic front. Split thematically into two parts -- morning/good and evening/evil, the album's most compelling moments arrive early, with songs like "Taboo Grooves," "Majestic Fruit," and the kaleidoscopic title cut delivering equal amounts of atmosphere and hooks. The back half is a bit darker, with the band employing more muscle and a bit more experimentation, especially on the hypnotic "Rhama" and the dizzying "Gojira," but even then, the record as a whole never really loses its jaunty, quasi-new age spirituality. It's a ramshackle ride, to say the least, and there are long stretches that would require multiple cups of Ayahuasca to fully absorb, but Majesty is ultimately a looking glass worth taking a trip through.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2016
Label: Soundway Records
UPC: 5056032302037
catalogNumber: 85
Rank: 129971

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flamingods   Primary Artist
Kristian Craig Robinson   Synthesizer,Flute,Zither,Charango,Shaker,Siren
Dan Leavers   Synthesizer,Percussion
Sophie Lowe   Clarinet
Alex White   Saxophone
Alice Phelps   Strings,Harp,Background Vocals
Barbara Ngobi   Flute
Charles Prest   Organ,Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,electronics,Tongue Drum
Craig Doporto   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Marimbas,Background Vocals
Huw Marc Bennet   Double Bass
Kamal Rasool   Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Sarungi,String Instrument
Karthik Poduval   Synthesizer,Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Bass Guitar,Darbouka,Sampling,Shaker
Noon Garden   Sampling
Rachel Horwood   Background Vocals
Sam Rowe   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Gamelan,Sampling,Shaker,electronics,String Instrument
Sam Weatherald   Khartal,String Instrument

Technical Credits

Ben Phillips   Engineer
Kristian Craig Robinson   Producer
Dan Leavers   Producer
Flamingods   Arranger,Composer
Charles Prest   Arranger,Composer
Kamal Rasool   Composer,Lyricist
Mohammad Alizadeh   Composer
Raimund Wong   Collage

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