Sudan Archives // New Sounds

Brittney Denise Parks suspects her musical identity was fated. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she received rudimentary violin training at elementary school and continued to learn playing by ear in church choirs. As a teenager Parks was nicknamed “Sudan”, purely in reference to her penchant for African-inspired fashion, but she coincidentally found herself drawn to the folky, percussive and often pizzicato style of violinists of that region. To this day, the 23-year-old applies these intricate techniques in her solo project, Sudan Archives, as part of a unique musical palette that also fuses loop-based electronics with her own caramel-smooth R&B vocals.

Since moving to L.A. and signing with revered indie Stones Throw, Parks has already received widespread praise for her self-titled debut EP of 2017, and is set to release the follow-up, Sink, on May 25th. It’s no doubt destined to receive a similarly rapt critical reception. For a taster, head for the excellent lead single ‘Nont For Sale’, which features staccato string arpeggios and pentatonic harmonies dancing over an irresistibly low-slung groove, while Parks effortlessly asserts her authority, coolly laying down the law to anyone underestimating her. Fated or not, there’s no denying Parks’ artistic vision is exceptional, and that it elicits sublime results.

Buy: Sudan Archives – Sink EP

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