From Colombo-based avant-garde songwriter and visual artist Bo Sedkid comes a new album Goring, a wild ride through experimental hip-hop, Sri Lankan instrumentation and dream pop, which at once recalls the political collages of early M.I.A. and the dark experimentations of Yves Tumor.
The album’s title references animalistic violence, the act of stabbing with a horn or tusk. It’s also inspired by the 1971 Sri Lankan cinema classic Welikathara, which features a criminal antihero named Goring, evoking the analogue textures and gritty, sweeping emotions of 1970s cinema.
“Though Goring is the bad guy of the film I see him as an antihero who fights with style against authority,” says Bo Sedkid. “The title song, Goring, itself talks about local police brutality and political corruption.”
Moving between experimental hip-hop, Sinhalese spoken word, ambient and acoustic guitar, Goring is a searching, scouring look at darkness and corruption both externally and internally. The title of the song Manokamaya, a made-up Sinhalese word which best translates as ‘self-tripping’, finds beauty in nihilistic solitary dreaming; Bo Sedkid cites philosopher Emil Cioran as another strong influence on the album.
The song Full Dot turns this darkness on its head, using chopped and screwed vocals over a lilting beat to create a an anthemic, thrilling ode to fatalism. Hot on its heels comes Kavvandha, which combines Sinhalese drum patterns and a throbbing, fuzzed-out techno synths. An album made in turbulence, Goring embraces uncertainty and doubt, exploring the difficulty and contradictions of human nature and finding both joy and darkness.
About Bo Sedkid
Bo Sedkid (real name Muvindu Binoy, b.1989) is an independent filmmaker and multimedia artist from Sri Lanka. As with his collage-based artworks, he is known for recontextualising traditional Sinhalese sounds and stories in music, touching on everything from tales of Prince Siddhartha to Sri Lanka’s political strife.
I haven't felt this level of emotion listening to a Jazz piece since I first heard John Coltrane's Africa. This becomes all the more appealing as the ambient portion becomes part of the Jazz. There is much to love here. Captainpandapants