Videopremière: ‘ethio-jazz combo’ the Black Flower adds a splash of colour in ‘Bones’

Single and opening track Bones is the harbinger of Artifacts, the second album in less than a years time of a Black Flower, an instrumental combo with (ex-)members of Stadt and Absynthe Minded, Beck and Lady Linn. Check out their new clip here in premiere.

Black Flower, from left to right, Filip cofely services, Simon Segers, Nathan Daems, Wouter Haest and Jon Birdsong. © gf

Black Flower is the instrumental combo around, and saxophonist-flutist-composer Nathan Daems and with drummer Simon Segers (Absynthe Minded, Stadt, De Beren Gieren), kornettist Jon Birdsong (Beck, Calexico, dEUS), keyboardist Wouter Haest (Los Callejeros, Voodoo Boogie) and bassist Filip cofely services (Lady Linn, The Valerie Solanas, Antwerp Gipsy Ska Orkestra) in the ranks.

The band is well-versed in a music style where Oriental influences, Ethiodub and jazz find each other. “It’s as if John Zorn in the skin of Fela Kuti crawled and the hersenkronkels of Mulatu Astatke hijacked’, says Black Flower itself.

Black Flower

Gilles Peterson of BBC Radio 6 called them ‘brilliant’, and also in Belgium, the band is unsuccessful. “It’s one of Belgium’s best bands of recent years”, says Kurt Overbergh of the Ancienne Belgique.

In 2014 debuted Black Flower with the psychedelic Abyssinia Afterlife, earlier this year, followed ‘schaduwplaat’ Ghost Radio, and on 30 september, there is Artifacts. The title refers to ancient, fragile objects and tools that lie at the basis of human culture, the album promises to be the tangible evidence to be of “a sensation in which time and space separation and at the same time, coincide’.

From Artifacts is Bones, the first single, and that comes with a clip. Which portrays the band members of Black Flower in black and white, occasionally interspersed with colorful characters that take different forms under the influence of the music. Watch it here in premiere:

Black Flower plays this autumn, several concerts in Flanders, on 3/11 in the AB in Brussels.


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