LA’s Bonobo has graced us with his greatness again, releasing “Kerala” – the first single taken from his new forthcoming album Migration. The album is set to drop January 13, 2017 on Ninja Tune and can be pre-ordered here.
“Kerala” is beautifully apocalyptic. Wildly plucked, arpeggio’ed strings commence the song and your gaze is drawn to the sky, expecting rain, sleet or a nuclear winter’s snowstorm. “Kerala” induces a feeling of disturbed peace. It’s hard to tell whether Bonobo’s beat is sampled or original, nor whether it’s 3/4 or triplets, but what is apparent is its juxtaposition to the beautiful strings. Left askew, “Kerala” progresses with the build up of strings, added layers of FX, and an electronic pad cascading down to our chorus. In typical Bonobo fashion, a sultry female vocalist echoes, in this instance, a repeated “yeah” and is later accompanied by a melodic progression and synth melody. As the chorus ends, the song further builds and all elements are brought together in single harmony. The song ends as layers start to peel away only to leave behind a dizzying synth.
Peep the accompanying music video here.