Singer, songwriter, producer and boundary-breaking artist Ebony Bones—whose stage name was coined by punk rock icon Rat Scabies, drummer of The Damned— developed a love for music at an early age. Spending time in her father’s music stall in Brixton Market, her musical education began with artists like Brian Eno and Quincy Jones, and her influences grew to include everyone from Siouxie Soux and The Slits to Fela Kuti and Public Enemy. Armed with her own mature and captivating sound and a strong DIY ethic, Ebony’s sophomore album, Behold, A Pale Horse, will be released August 5th via 1984 Recordings.
Album track “I See I Say” sets an air of mystery and intrigue with a foundation of effected vocals playing on a continuous loop throughout. The track premiered with NPR’s All Songs Considered yesterday, and you can stream it HERE. We encourage you to post & share!
Behold, A Pale Horse is divided into Parts I and II– Born In Flames and When The Battle’s Lost & Won. Part I opens with the album’s striking title track, which features harmonious chants from the Symphony Orchestra of India along with deep, bellowing strings and frenzied percussion. “Mystery Babylon Balloon” buzzes with electric energy, while “While The People S.L.E.E.P.” is led by quick-paced, melodic verses and a tribal beat. Part II features the instrumental “Bread & Circus,” with a prominent guitar melody accompanied by handclaps and cowbell, and bonus track “W.A.R.R.I.O.R.,” characterized by a call and response between Ebony’s powerful vocals and a buzzing electric guitar.
Motivated by her desire to “reach her full potential and inspire others to do the same,” Ebony’s music is filled with strength and courage. “In the end,” she believes, “it doesn’t serve the world to play small.”
Stay tuned for more information, including US tour dates, coming soon!