Zara McFarlane releasing new album on Brownswood, Songs of an Unknown Tongue

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Collaborating with producers Kwake Bass and Wu-Lu.

Zara McFarlane is releasing a new album – Songs of an Unknown Tongue – via Brownswood this July.

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Following a research trip to Jamaica exploring the country’s early folk music and rituals, McFarlane worked with producers Kwake Bass and Wu-Lu to electronically deconstruct and reimagine her findings.

Across the album’s 10-tracks, Songs of an Unknown Tongue explores themes of Black heritage and history, Black womanhood, and contemporary issues of empire, colonialism, race and identity.

Marking her fourth studio LP, em>Songs of an Unknown Tongue follows McFarlane’s 2017 album Arise, which was also released on Brownswood.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Songs of an Unknown Tongue’s 17th July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Everything Is Connected
2. Black Treasure
3. My Story
4. Broken Water
5. Saltwater
6. Run Of Your Life
7. State Of Mind
8. Native Nomad
9. Roots Of Freedom
10.Future Echoes

Photo by: Neil Massey