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Giant Palm

Naima Bock

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Naima Bock, who spent six years in the UK group Goat Girl, makes decidedly modern folk music. She's fashioned a varied, introspective debut in Giant Palm that mixes indie rock attitude with electronics, large ensembles, and nuanced arrangements.  Giant Palm is different from your average solo folk performance, mostly because of the intricate settings around Bock's voice—the effects of many hours spent arranging and recording. "Every Morning" opens with a swoosh of voices exclaiming in unison, "Hello, darling," before Bock sings a mournful melody which the chorus sometimes joins, one female breaking solo into a high wordless vocal. After she sings "This web I've spun large but thin/ Easily broken in/ And I lie-lie-lie," the melody is tootled to a close by a single whistler.  "Working" sways to a tropical rhythm that tenor saxophonist Nathan Piggott and trumpeter Fred Wordsworth play around. The multi-part production "Campervan" features a dozen players: two violins, two backing vocalists, three saxophones, a clarinet, drums, and bass join producer Joel Burton's piano and Bock's guitar, blossoming into big band chamber music. Engineer Syd Kemp captures the ensembles of varying size and instrumental makeup with precise yet warm brilliance from tune to tune.  The unifying element is Bock's low voice; its doleful, downcast tone casts a somber but agreeable shade across the entire album. In "Instrumental," which opens with just piano and drums, a saxophone enters as the sound of a cocktail party and chirping birds fade in and out. Bock, who is of Greek and Brazilian heritage, sings in Portuguese in closer "O Morro," her plaintive tone worked to perfection in this duet with Burton who also plays a synthesizer in a Fender Rhodes mode. This originality and the power of arrangements make Giant Palm quietly encouraging. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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Giant Palm
00:04:36

Syd Kemp, Mixer - Victor Bock, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger, Engineer - Naima Bock, Composer, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Joel Abramson, Writer

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

2
Toll
00:05:05

Syd Kemp, Mixer, Engineer - Liam Ramsden, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger - Naima Bock, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Joel Abramson, Writer

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

3
Every Morning
00:03:43

Syd Kemp, Engineer & Mixer - Liam Ramsden, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger - Naima Bock, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, MainArtist

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

4
Dim Dum
00:03:55

Syd Kemp, Mixer, Engineer - Liam Ramsden, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger - Naima Bock, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Joel Abramson, Writer

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

5
Working
00:02:49

Syd Kemp, Mixer - Victor Bock, Producer, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger, Engineer - Naima Bock, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

6
Natural
00:02:33

Syd Kemp, Mixer, Engineer - Liam Ramsden, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger - Naima Bock, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

7
Campervan
00:05:18

Syd Kemp, Mixer, Engineer - Liam Ramsden, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger, Writer - Naima Bock, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Joel Abramson, Writer

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

8
Enter the House
00:02:54

Syd Kemp, Mixer, Engineer - Naima Bock, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

9
Instrumental
00:05:42

Syd Kemp, Mixer, Engineer - Joel Burton, Composer, Producer, Arranger - Naima Bock, MainArtist - Joel Abramson, Writer

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

10
O Morro
00:02:51

Carlos Lyra, Composer, Writer - Syd Kemp, Mixer, Engineer - Liam Ramsden, Engineer - Joel Burton, Producer, Arranger - Naima Bock, MainArtist - Gianfancesci Guarnieri, Composer

© 2022 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2022 Sub Pop Records

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Naima Bock, who spent six years in the UK group Goat Girl, makes decidedly modern folk music. She's fashioned a varied, introspective debut in Giant Palm that mixes indie rock attitude with electronics, large ensembles, and nuanced arrangements.  Giant Palm is different from your average solo folk performance, mostly because of the intricate settings around Bock's voice—the effects of many hours spent arranging and recording. "Every Morning" opens with a swoosh of voices exclaiming in unison, "Hello, darling," before Bock sings a mournful melody which the chorus sometimes joins, one female breaking solo into a high wordless vocal. After she sings "This web I've spun large but thin/ Easily broken in/ And I lie-lie-lie," the melody is tootled to a close by a single whistler.  "Working" sways to a tropical rhythm that tenor saxophonist Nathan Piggott and trumpeter Fred Wordsworth play around. The multi-part production "Campervan" features a dozen players: two violins, two backing vocalists, three saxophones, a clarinet, drums, and bass join producer Joel Burton's piano and Bock's guitar, blossoming into big band chamber music. Engineer Syd Kemp captures the ensembles of varying size and instrumental makeup with precise yet warm brilliance from tune to tune.  The unifying element is Bock's low voice; its doleful, downcast tone casts a somber but agreeable shade across the entire album. In "Instrumental," which opens with just piano and drums, a saxophone enters as the sound of a cocktail party and chirping birds fade in and out. Bock, who is of Greek and Brazilian heritage, sings in Portuguese in closer "O Morro," her plaintive tone worked to perfection in this duet with Burton who also plays a synthesizer in a Fender Rhodes mode. This originality and the power of arrangements make Giant Palm quietly encouraging. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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