Last year, I went to the fascinating anti-festival Le Guess Who?, which brings an eclectic and surprising array of artists to Utrecht each November. There were a few new artists that could grab your attention easily, artists who were collapsing several genres into one and offering their own idiosyncratic, exhilarating vision on those traditions. One of them stood out above all the rest, though: Sudan Archives.
The project of Cincinnati-born, LA-based Brittney Parks, Sudan Archives doesn’t sound quite like anything else out there at the moment. Parks started teaching herself violin as a child, and later found inspiration in studying the music of Sudanese fiddlers. That’s just the foundation of Sudan Archives, though; from there, Parks melts R&B, electronic, and classical into a mixture that’s as trance-inducing as it is intoxicating and danceable. So far, she only has one release to her name — last year’s self-titled EP — but it’s already enough to suggest this is an artist worth getting very excited about.
Sudan Archives is about to kick off a tour with Tune-Yards this week. To commemorate the occasion, she’s shared a new video for “Paid,” the opening track from the Sudan Archives EP. It’s a simple, heavily grainy black-and-white clip, featuring Parks dancing and staring down the camera. Check it out below.
02/15 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
02/16 – Reno, NV @ Cargo at Whitney Peak
02/17 – Chico, CA @Senator Theater
02/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
02/20 – San Diego, CA @ North Park Theater
02/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
02/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
02/23 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
02/25 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
02/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
02/27 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
03/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/03 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
03/04 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
All shows opening for Tune-Yards aside from Coachella dates.
Sudan Archives is out now via Stones Throw.