Tropical showers, distant waves, exotic tribal instruments played against restless island chatter – on any given day one might nd these background noises accompanying some soothing New Age music; except this ain’t such a day. Rather, this is the sort of reality one unwittingly stumbles into in a somewhat altered state of consciousness. Here, a sense of urgency lurks close by; the sonic map of the surrounding acoustics is building up to one of quickened heartbeats and bated breath amidst an uncomfortable and unfamiliar humidity, as if an ancient civilization is on the verge of awakening. One could almost feel the damp heat of the rainforest replacing the air with the advent of each uneasy beat.

Black Merlin performes at Fade Blank for the first time on the 2nd of February 2018.


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