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We’re New Here – Naima Bock


Fretful folk-rock with a Brazilian twist from former Goat Girl bassist Naima Bock’s album Giant Palm in our AUGUST 2022 issue of Uncut, available to buy here.

Stressed out as she put the final touches to her debut LP, Naima Bock imagined herself being lifted away from earthly misery by a colossal hand. The result was the title track of the luminous, strange Giant Palm, a swirling two-note trundle with distinct sun-drunk Kevin Ayers vibes. “For a while I forget that I cannot fly / And I float high, high above it all”, sings the 25-year-old Londoner. “A giant palm felt like the place I needed to be,” she tells Uncut. “It’s warm and it lifts you up.”

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Quiet, melancholy and occasionally divinely uplifting, the burbling horns, sawing violins and soaring melodies of Giant Palm nod awkwardly toward the metaphysical marvels of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Robert Wyatt’s Rock Bottom, The Raincoats’ Odyshape, and Cassandra Jenkins’ An Overview On Phenomenal Nature. A handfast marriage of the classic British folk-rock and Brazilian samba records she grew up listening to, and modern auteurs like Big Thief and Aldous Harding, it is also a…

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