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Debut Album "BONE DRY" Out on Kwaidan/!k7 26/08/16

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"The Living Gods Of Haiti approach a style devoid of comparison; their new album is an innovative amalgamation between mysticism and poetic thought." AESTHETICA MAGAZINE
"An intense, and highly creative, new record.. Drawing on visual art and genres far outwith pop, the songwriter's work fuses her Syrian heritage with moments of crunching, neo-industrial intensity." CLASH MAGAZINE
Hailed by METRO as "One for Tricky and Bat for Lashes fans" and by CLASH for "it's darkly exiting electronics... a voice that is both operatic and gothic"
"BONE DRY' recalls "the deep electronica of Seefeel as much as the glacial beauty of the Cocteau Twins." - KULTUR MAGAZINE 
 
 

EP "KILLING LOTUS"   Out on Kwaidan/!k7 26/05/16

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Run Back To Never

by The Living Gods Of Haiti

Buy the EP here  >>> https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/run-back-to-never-ep/id1012118574

The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea is a cycle.  A promise we have made.  We hunt.  We harvest. We feed.  

A Winter In Summer is an apology. It’s a sky bursting with flowers. An invisible love. An invisible sadness.  

Father is a childless man of Arabic origin.  He is a mandala, a prayer, a reflection.  

Biography

 

From Sufi chants and Shamanic drums to Brian Wilson’s attempts to write a “teenage hymn to God” and the mass communion of raves, music, magic and mysticism are inextricably bound together. That connection, the divine spark that breathes life into chords, notes and melodies and both transports and transforms the listener is at the heart of The Living Gods of Haiti’s music, a powerful fusion of esoteric imagery and ethereal electronic music.

 

Originally conceived as a spoken word project by singer, poet and visual artist Rebekah Dobbins, the word became flesh when Rebekah, then working in LA, reached out to former collaborator, Parisian producer Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague, Yasmine Hamdan). Communicating by email the two began to explore the new world Rebekah had sketched out, not writing songs at first but just piecing together textures, sounds and ideas, building a new sonic universe from these disparate elements.

 

“We went to and fro for a long while, trying new things. It was a fragmented, drawn out process that probably took over a year,” explains Rebekah. “For a long time the results were not really songs so much as they were experiments.”

 

By the time Rebekah finally made it back to Marc’s studio in Paris the world the two had set out to create had taken on a life all of its own. Taking their name from Maya Deren’s documentary film on ritual dance and voodoo, ‘Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti’, the duo set out to create an all encompassing aesthetic, one that drew as much from the writings of EE Cummings, Aleister Crowley or the Zoroastrian Avesta as it did from the music of Dead Can Dance, David Bowie or the Cocteau Twins.

 

Released in late 2015 their debut, hailed by Metro as "one for Tricky and Bat For Lashes fans" and by Clash for its "darkly enticing electronics", opened the doors of perception as more songs began to take quickly shape in the studio. Music filled with sensual and dreamlike textures that could be described as dark, but may be better called wild, unfettered and suffused with occult potential. Music that drew both directly and unconsciously upon Rebekah’s background, her half-Syrian parentage and childhood growing up on the windswept Celtic fringe of England’s south west, where a reminder of the country’s eerie past is rarely more than a field away.

 

Whilst Rebekah’s otherworldly songs and Marc’s passion for analogue synths and tribal percussion already has Electronica producers and Goth misfits rubbing shoulder pads with Gnostics and pagans alike, The Living Gods of Haiti has become more than just a vehicle for their music. Extending beyond the music the band’s distinctive style, visual imagery and music videos, all directed by Rebekah, act as seductive invitations to their world, triumphant celebrations of female sexuality and the breaking of taboos. Even the band’s few live performances have side-stepped the everyday to embrace the essence of magick. For their debut live show, at St. Leonard’s church in East London on All Hallow’s Eve, the band took to a candlelit stage in ornate ceremonial costumes, their stunning performance bookended by ritual chants and sacred dance.

 

In an increasingly risk averse and controlling industry constantly chasing faded copies of the last big thing The Living Gods of Haiti offer up a much needed alternative, a chance to peer behind the curtain and maybe find that magic still exists in music after all.

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Dan Wilton

 

The Living Gods of Haiti

EP Release: ‘Killing Lotus’
Release Date: 13th May 2016
Label: Kwaidan Records / !K7


 

The ‘Killing Lotus EP’ is the stunning second release from The Living Gods of Haiti and the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Run Back To Never’.

 

It contains three darkly atmospheric songs,  ‘Killing Lotus’, ‘Bone Dry’ and “Akem Manah’ alongside a superb remix of the title track by White Lies.

 

The music is an organic explosion of dark glittering melodies and poetry amidst a trembling ocean of synth. Drummers drumming from cliff tops and sirens luring the sailors in. A delicate balance between the nature of light and shade. 

It explores more Persian and Oriental sounds and textures that compliment the chanting poetic style and ethereal, powerful vocals are accompanied by evocative lyrics.

 

Taking their name from Maya Deren’s documentary film on ritual dance and voodoo ‘Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti’, this outfit is fronted by singer, writer, poet and video maker Rebekah.

 

The EP was produced by Rebekah’s long time collaborator Marc Collin, best known for his work with Nouvelle Vague & Yasmine Hamdan.

 

The duo set out to create an all encompassing aesthetic, one that drew as much from the writings of ee cummings, Aleister Crowley or the Zoroastrian Avesta as it did from the music of Dead Can Dance, David Bowie or the Cocteau Twins.

 

The Living Gods of Haiti played a stunning debut show in December last year at Shoreditch Church in London. Visually and sonically mesmerising, full of drama and theatre, it enraptured the audience from beginning to end. They also played at David Lynch’s club Silencio in Paris. Further dates will be announced in due course.

 

 

For further information please contact Heather Finlay at Sainted PR on 020 7221 5700/07747 b611110 or at heatherfinlay@saintedpr.com

 

News & Updates

TLGOH LIVE - Shoreditch Church, November 1st 2015

That's a wrap!  Thanks to everyone involved!  "The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea" video is in the can.

That's a wrap!  Thanks to everyone involved!  "The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea" video is in the can.

El Matador beach with Rebekah and Curtis Mead - leading man in the "The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea" video.

El Matador beach with Rebekah and Curtis Mead - leading man in the "The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea" video.

Katie Kay Mead making the costume for the "The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea" video

Katie Kay Mead making the costume for the "The Hunt, The Harvest, The Sea" video

TLGOH shoot with Dan Wilton @ Jack and Jill Windmills, Sussex.

Many thanks to Jolyon and Claire Maugham

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