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Maribou State Have Given Us a Picture Perfect Glimpse at Their Upcoming "Portraits"

Chris Davis and Liam Ivory are on the verge of big things. Bonobo sized things. Better known to most of us as Maribou State, the Hertfordshire boys have spent the last few years straddling the line between the classicism of the song and the textural power of the electronic track. June 1st sees the release of debut album Portraits on Ninja Tune spin-off Counter Records. The album sees them delve into the quietly beating heart of acid-tinged pastoralism, mingling stark soundscapes with sturdy rhythms, reminiscent of SOHN, Gold Panda and early Four Tet to mind.

It isn't often that a group like that can hop between Fatboy Slim's Southern Fried Records to Counter, via radio support from a crew as diverse as Zane Lowe, B.Traits and Gilles Peterson. Given how good "The Clown" — premiering exclusively here on THUMP — is you can see why anyone who's anyone is clamouring to play the group's records.

"The Clown" is a gently enveloping slice of what we used to call "indietronica". Perfect for rainy mornings and moody late nights, it buries a quietly euphoric piano line under the kind of dusty percussion and watercolour vocals that bring DJ Koze at his best to mind. In fact, let's petition to get him to do a remix now.

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Portraits is released on June 1st. Pre-order it here.