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Though the word “mythology” connotes a bygone era of dusty legends and pagan zealotry, powerful myths are still being made right now, today. Sudan Archives (mortal name: Brittney Parks) and her visionary debut album Athena are living proof.
Parks is a self-taught violinist and vocalist who belts from the depths of her being, breathes out sound with ragged elegance and on standout track “Icelandic Moss” uses words to make the texture of moss in Iceland an analog for just how little people understand her. Her violin playing, block-rattling low-end and precise command of electronic slipstreams build the world where this makes perfect sense.
In response to her first self-produced two EPs — Sudan Archives (2017) and Sink (2018) — she was labelled a mix of electro-folk and R&B. These words aren’t exactly wrong, but they’re more effective in describing themes within Sudan Archives than they are at containing her. The electro-folk part is shorthand for the way her music lives across eras of sound, while the R&B influence describes the way her tremendous voice disobeys structural convention to jaw-snatching effect. What Sudan Archives is, quite simply, is a contemporary musician with a clarity of voice rendered with a natural intuition for the sound textures from her life that are the most true.
Originally selected for Sled Island 2020 ahead of its cancellation, she has curated — perhaps unconsciously — pieces of a life spent in church choirs, at fiddle club, digging up her musical ancestry and at electronic-scene fringes into a context wholly new. There’s a spritz of Post-era Björk volatility here, a tinge of Stones Throw Records-forebear J Dilla texture there, but Sudan Archives is best summed up by her ability to do what a curator does best: create an entirely new story in the places in between where no one else has explored. It’s for this reason that we are most excited to welcome her as the guest curator for Sled Island 2022.
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- a toy rabbit Actor Director Ahya Simone Aladean Kheroufi Alex Cameron Alexia Avina Alicia Clara AllCityJimmy Also Also Also Amy Nelson AN Anthony OKS Apollo Ghosts Astral Swans
- Backxwash Bad Bodies Be Afraid Bennett Mitchell betaboys Big Rig BITTER//WASHED Black Thunder Blue Odeur BODY LENS Body Void Bog Bodies Bonnie Trash Bozo Brain Bent BRIDGELAND Bud Frazier and the Electric Razors Buddie Built to Spill
- Cardiograms Carissa Gem Cassia Hardy Cat 500 Caylem Simeon Cedric Noel Chad VanGaalen Chairman Chron Goblin Circuit des Yeux Clea Anaïs Cold Water Control Top Counterfeit Jeans Crystal Eyes
- DA'AT Dead Fibres Dead Friends Debate Club Denimachine DJ Hannah Doohickey Cubicle Doreen Dot Cardigan Double Rider Doug Hoyer Dragon Fli Empire DRI HIEV Dump Babes
- Earthball Eine Kleine China Elizabeth Colour Wheel Ellen Froese Eve Parker Finley Everythingyoueverloved Exits Eye of Newt
- Fitness Flore Laurentienne Florida BC Frankie and the Witch Fingers Fulfilment
- Ghost Woman Ghostkeeper Ginger Beef Gone Cosmic Gorgeous Grimelda Grouper
- Hair Control Hairnet Handsome Tiger HARSH Heaven For Real Hélène Barbier Hermitess Holy Void HomeSick housepanther HYMMMelodies
- ILL Human Nation Isolato
- JAMES NOBLE Janette King Jarhead Fertilizer JED ARBOUR Jody Glenham Joyce Manor JOYFULTALK Julie Doiron Julius Sumner Miller
- k.burwash Kamikaze Nurse Kellarissa Kerkland Jerks Kesswa Khillah Khills Kid Cali KindaColt KMVP knitting Krill Williams KT Laine KTheChosen Kue Varo & the Only Hopes
- L.A. Witch l.n. baba L.T.Leif La Luz Laura Hickli Lavender Country Leather Jacuzzi Little Destroyer Little Snake Living Hour Local Singles Love Language Low Low Hums Lowkita Lushings Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS
- Mahogany Frog Maky Lavender Mares of Thrace Maria DeHart Marlaena Moore Matt MacNeil Matthew Cardinal Megamall Melodna Midnight News Mighloe Mitch Davis MOREWINE Mortiferum Mother Tongues Motherhood Motorists MYNXY
- Necking Neighbourly Nice Apple No Frills NUM
- OKGB Olivia Awbrey Ombiigizi Orchidae Osmanthus Oxford Drama
- Pantayo Parisian Orgy Peace For Bombs PEARS Poltergeist Pony Girl Pope Joan POSTNAMERS Primitive Man Princess Nokia puppet wipes
- Queens D. Light
- R.A.P. Ferreira ra / sol The Radiation Flowers Raeburn Rempel & The Rousers The Rifle County Players Rip Room Rob Knaggs Ryan Bourne
- Samantha Savage Smith SASAMI Selci SEULEMENT Shearing Pinx Shirley & The Pyramids Silvering Sinzere Sister Suzie Skinny Dyck Slow Down Molasses Slut Prophet Snake River Sonido Nuevo SPRLUA State n Division Status/Non-Status Still Depths Stripmall Stucco Stuttr Sudan Archives Sufyvn Sunalta Sunforger Sunglaciers Surf Dads Suzi Analogue Sweeping Promises Swooty Mac
- Takleef Ensemble tarotfuntime Tea Fannie Teebs Teen Daze Temps Teon Gibbs Thomas Thomas Thus Owls Trash Magic Trench
- Uncanny Valley Uranium Club Uyemi
- Vagina Witchcraft
- wanderingaria Wet Cigarette Wihtikow Wilt Window Lamp Wine Lips Winona Forever Witch Victim WKO Wolf Willow Woodhawk Worse WUT
- Yankee Cowboy Yawn Yoo Doo Right
- ZENON+ Zoon