Stream: Sudan Archives, ‘Confessions’

Sudan Archives

Violinist and sonic sorceress Sudan Archives weaves quite a spell on “Confessions,” her new single and the first song to emerge from a full-album that’s on the way from Stones Throw Records.

The artist, born Brittney Parks, reared in Cincinnati and self-taught on violin, co-produced the new song with Will Archer (Celeste, Jessie Ware, Nilüfer Yanya). Sudan Archives’ first two EPs explored the happy intersection of African music and modern electronica, with rhythms as mesmerizing as her vocals.

The new song is said to detail a crisis of conscience. Over sensuous streaks of her stringed instrument and mournful cello (played by London-based Irish musician Clíona Ní Choileáin), Sudan Archives sings: “There is a place that I call home / but it is not where I’m welcome / And if I saw all the angels / why is my presence so painful?”

Is there a disconnect between her past and present lives behind that opaqueness? We are left to guess. And listen.

No release date has been announced for the new album.

||| Stream: “Confessions”

||| Previously: “Nont for Sale,” live at the El Rey, “Come Meh Way,” “Time”