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Calypso

by ĠENN

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Anglo-Maltese quartet ĠENN reveal new single ‘Calypso’ for July 26th. Debut album unum is out October 6th through Liminal Collective.

‘Calypso’ is the most understated cut from the record so far. Dreamy guitars underpin vocalist Leona Farugia - who barely raises her voice above a whisper. Resonating sax lines add to the oneiric atmosphere, before cymbals crash into life during the latter half - still only ever heard at a distance, so the effect is psychedelic and symphonic, rather than caustic.

The subtleties in ‘Calypso’ are born of creative origins, and reverence to the band’s Mediterranean island roots, as guitarist Janelle Borg explains:

"I personally love listening to folk music from around the world and really admire bands like Altin Gun, Crimi, and Etnika who are bringing Mediterranean sounds to the foreground.

So this song started out when I was noodling around on the guitar after listening to Maltese folk music - particularly għana - and thinking about how I can give my own "contemporary take" on that before I brought it to the band."

With three of the quartet being Maltese nationals living in the UK, it is important for them to honour these links. Societal and political events at home have shaped their world view, one key concern being the ongoing pro-abortion movement in Malta. Being in their unique position as migrants from the Commonwealth now operating in the UK - they feel a responsibility to talk about how race, nationality, and art intertwine in the post-Brexit landscape.

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the pillars of my chest quiver in silence
nauseous, out of breath
acquiring the space between us
the land is dry
the land filters through
the gills, old and rusting
in the midst of September
dreams suppress the tide
an orchestra

famine and empty
followed the trail of milk
through the corners of a labyrinth
seeking hostage like the scales of the skin
grasping for moisture
caught out by blanched moons
in love you seek hostage
desperation devoured you
it’s forbidden
it excites you
comfort in the voice that kisses the breeze
through a mystic transmission

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released July 26, 2023

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ĠENN Brighton, UK

Leona (vox), Janelle (guitar) and Leanne (bass) are originally from Malta and moved to the UK to complete their lineup with drummer Sofia.

Listen closely, and you can hear a melting pot of cultures, genres and timings in one sitting, as this sisterhood of psychadelic textures takes you on a veritable listening journey.

Get in touch! ➡️ genntheband@gmail.com
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