Maribou State Announces Debut Album, Portraits, Out June 1st On Counter Records

11 February 2015

With a sound as quintessentially British as the picturesque Hertfordshire village that they call home, Maribou State will release their debut album Portraits on June 1st via Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint).  

Portraits sees Chris Davids and Liam Ivory exemplify the sort of rare, but precious sonic harmony that has made their name so far: equal parts emotive instrumentation and sturdy rhythms, stark soundscapes and rich textures. Featuring longtime collaborator Pedestrian (2nd Drop and Born Electric) as well as vocalists Holly Walker and Jono McCleery, the album takes on a subtle dynamism and natural warmth redolent of Gold Panda and SOHN. 

Well-versed in the art of balance, the duo have been quietly yet mightily refining their touch in recent years, delivering a string of releases (including the much loved Tongueand Truths EPs for Norman Cook’s Southern Fried Records) crafted through an incredible studio ethic at their rural bolt-hole “The Shack in the Back”. Far from your typical laptop-reliant producers; the pair are mindful to incorporate live musicianship and songcraft that imbue a soulfulness and character into their sound. As a result, they’ve already caught the attention of radio heavyweights (Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, B. Traits, Pete Tong and Gilles Peterson) and blazed a trail at festivals across Europe including Glastonbury, Warehouse Project and Bestivalalongside John Talabot, Lxury and Jamie xx. 

An irresistible marriage of deep, resonant guitar licks and dishevelled synths riding upon loping breakbeats and overlaid with trademark deconstructed vocal dubs, “Rituals,” the first single from Portraits, picks up where Maribou State left off in 2013. “Rituals” will be available digitally and on 12” vinyl on March 24th. It’s a clear signal of Chris and Liam’s ambition to take Maribou State into the live arena in 2015 and an awesome glimpse ahead to Portraits. They will tour North America this April ahead of their exciting debut album. A full list of tour dates is below. 


Thu. Apr. 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Verboten (Cabaret Bar)
Fri. Apr. 17 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Sat. Apr. 18 - Toronto, ON @ Studio Bar
Wed. Apr. 22 - Denver, Co @ 1Up on Colfax
Fri. Apr. 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon Hollywood
Sat. Apr. 25 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl


1. Home
2. The Clown (feat. Pedestrian)
3. Rituals
4. Steal (feat. Holly Walker)
5. Wallflower
6. Say More (feat. Jono McCleery)
7. Raincoats
8. Midas (feat. Holly Walker)
9. Natural Fools
10. Varkala

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