Naima Bock

Naima Bock

NAIMA BOCK ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM GIANT PALM, OUT 1 JULY VIA SUB POP/MEMORIALS OF DISTINCTION

SHARES VIDEO FOR TITLE-TRACK

HEADLINE SHOW AT LONDON’S THE LEXINGTON ON 23 MAY. ANNOUNCES ROUGH TRADE EAST INSTORE FOR 1 JULY

“A grand statement”
The Line of Best Fit ‘Artist of the Week’

“Naima Bock sounds like no one else around”
Clash ‘Track of the Day’

“Superb”
DIY ‘Neu Recommended’

“A compelling first step into the spotlight that suggests great things to come”
The Forty Five

“A strong contender to be one of 2022’s breakout stars”
For The Rabbits

Watch the video for ‘Giant Palm’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA-qQnXESpY

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On 1 July, 2022 London-based artist Naima Bock will release her debut album Giant Palm via Sub Pop Records/Memorials of Distinction. Born in Glastonbury to a Brazilian father and a Greek mother, Naima spent her early childhood in Brazil before eventually returning to England and various homes in South-East London. This heritage combines with more recent pursuits in Naima’s music; from the Brazilian standards that the family would listen to driving to the beach, to the European folk traditions she tapped into on her own, and the pursuits that interest her today – studies in archaeology, work as a gardener, and walking the world’s great trails – Naima’s music draws from family, the earth and the handing down of music through generations.

Naima’s debut album Giant Palm is undoubtedly infused with the Brazilian music of her youth and regular family visits. She found inspiration in “the percussion, the melodies, chords – and particularly the poetic juxtaposition of tragedy and beauty held within the lyrics”.

On the heels of the single releases of ’30 Degrees’, her cover of the classic Brazilian song ‘Berimbau’, and single ‘Every Morning’ comes the official video for album title-title track ‘Giant Palm’.

Naima says of the track:
Giant Palm was written collaboratively by myself and Joel Burton (who arranged and produced the whole album), I wrote the vocal melody and lyrics and he wrote the instrumentation. The recording process was limited (which I always find the most creatively productive way to record) by what we had in Joel’s room and recorded during the summer of 2020, resulting in mostly electronic instruments apart from the acoustic guitar. The vocals were later recorded by my dad, Victor Bock. We named the album after this song as it was the one that most reflected our collaboration as musicians and the innocence and freedom that characterised the making of the record.”

The music video for ‘Giant Palm’ was directed by Max McLachlan. Naima adds “he projected the contrast of elevation and submission that is present in the song into a physical visual format. I’ve struggled to express in writing the meaning of this song so I feel it is best to leave the listener to make of it what they will. It’s a deeply personal song which means it can be reflected in whichever way one feels they want it to be”.

Naima’s headline show at London‘s The Lexington on 23 May follows UK and EU tours with Porridge Radio and Dana Gavanski (with additional opening support coming in September), and a stint at SXSW. Naima will also open 17 dates as main support for Rodrigo Amarante starting on 18 April throughout Europe. She will have additional festival plays at The Great Escape FestivalThe Great Eastern FestivalSea Change FestivalHidden Doors Festival, and End of the Road Festival. See below for a full list of shows.

Giant Palm is now available for preorder/presave on CD/LP/Cassette/Digital from Sub Pop/Memorials of Distinction. Pre-orders from megamart.subpop.com will receive the Loser Edition of the album on Orange Vinyl.

Photo credit: El Hardwick

High-res images can be found here.

Tour dates:

18 Apr – Porto, PT @ Casa Da Musica %
19 Apr – Lisbon, PT @ Capitolio %
21 Apr – Madrid, ES @ Sala Mon %
22 Apr – Barcelona, ES @ La 2 %
23 Apr – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne %
25 Apr – Milano, IT @ Santeria %
26 Apr – Zurich, CH @ Mascotte %
27 Apr – Munich, DE @ Ampere %
28 Apr – Cologne, DE @ Stadtgarten %
29 Apr – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher %
30 Apr – Berlin, DE @ Lido %
02 May – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord %

04 May – London @ Scala %

05 May – Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Orangerie) %
06 May – Paris, FR @ Cabaret Sauvage %
07 May – Lille, FR @ Aeronef %
08 May – Nantes, FR @ Le Lieu Unique %

11-14 May – Brighton @ The Great Escape
21 May – Edinburgh @ The Great Eastern Festival

23 May – London @ The Lexington (headline)

28 May – Totnes @ Sea Change Festival
17 Jun – Edinburgh @ Hidden Door Festival
1 Jul – London @ Rough Trade East (instore)
01-04 Sep – Dorset @ End of the Road Festival

09-10 Sep – Vienna, AT @ Waves Festival
15-17 Sep – Oslo, NO @ by:Larm
20 Sep – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz ^
21 Sep – Hamburg, DE @ RBF ^
22 Sep – Berlin, DE @ Prachtwerk ^
23 Sep – Cologne, DE @ Theater der Wohngemeinschaft ^
24 Sep – Munich, DE @ Heppel & Ettlich ^
27 Sep – Nijmegen, NL @ Doomrosje ^
29 Sep – Bruges, BE @ Cactus ^

% w/ Rodrigo Amarante
^ w/ Dana Gavanski

Praise for Naima Bock:

“A grand statement”
The Line of Best Fit ‘Artist of the Week’

“Naima Bock sounds like no one else around”
Clash ‘Track of the Day’

“Superb”
DIY ‘Neu Recommended’

“A compelling first step into the spotlight that suggests great things to come”
The Forty Five

“A strong contender to be one of 2022’s breakout stars”
For The Rabbits

“A mightily impressive introduction”
God Is In The TV

“’30 Degrees’ oozes and surprises across its run time, opening up new melodies and instrumental dimensions from imperceptible trap doors within the song”
Beats Per Minute