NEW MUSIC: Maribou State “Nervous Tics (Feat. Holly Walker)”


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MARIBOU STATE SHARE NEW SINGLE “NERVOUS TICS (FEAT. HOLLY WALKER).”  New Album Kingdoms In Colour Out September 7th on Counter Records

Premiered via Annie Mac’s legendary BBC Radio 1 show, the song encapsulates the panoramic nature of the band’s second full-length. Written over a number of writing and recording sessions in Berlin, Beijing, and London, it features a field recording running throughout the track of Chris and Liam in a music store in Beijing playing the Guzheng – a traditional Chinese stringed instrument.

“It’s always felt like the Frankenstein moment of the album due to all the unorthodox parts that were glued together during the process,” they explain, “but the end result was something that felt cohesive and exciting to us.”

Maribou State feat. Holly Walker ‘Nervous Tics’

Having nearly been overlooked from the final album cut, the last minute addition of new vocals from longtime collaborator Holly Walker – vocalist on fan-favorite singles Midas and Steal – reinvigorated the band’s love for the track.

“‘Nervous Tics’ is about the low-lying panic of modern life,” explains Holly, “we’re all on our phones getting terrible news headlines and hyperreal Instagram images live-streamed into our brains, and it’s making us jumpy. This song is the realization that no amount of mindful breathing or downward dog can replace some good old fashioned human contact and emotion.”

The single follows on from their recent collaboration with Khruangbin on “Feel Good” and is another taste of what’s to come from their forthcoming album Kingdoms in Colour, out September 7th via Counter Records.

Beginning life in 2011 as a project between Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, Maribou State had released a string of EP’s and singles before the arrival of debut album Portraits propelled them to the world stage. Spawning a live show that took them around the globe and included standout festival performances at Glastonbury, Bestival, a headline slot at Secret Garden party; tour dates throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and America. They received radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Gilles Peterson, a BBC Radio 1 Residency, a slot on the legendary BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and performed a session Live from Maida Vale. Critical support came from the likes of The Guardian, i-D magazine and Vogue, with the album amassing over 80 million streams to date and drawing comparisons to acts such as The xx, James Blake & Mount Kimbie, as well earning them plaudits from the likes of DJ Koze and Bonobo.

Stream Maribou State’s “Nervous Tics (Feat. Holly Walker)” here now: 

Keep an eye out for Maribou State North American shows to be announced in the near future.

Pre-order  Kingdoms In Colour:

Maribou State – Kingdoms In Colour: (September 7th – Counter Records)

  1. Beginner’s Luck
  2. Kingdom
  3. Turnmills
  4. Nervous Tics
  5. Glasshouses
  6. Part Time Glory
  7. Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)
  8. Slow Heat
  9. Vale
  10. Kāma

Photo Credit: Alexandra Waespi