Our Song of the Day comes via a video premiere from Rapper, multi-instrumentalist and singer Dizraeli with Ariane, from his forthcoming 6 track EP ‘Eat My Camera‘ featuring a clutch of raw acoustic pieces due for release 20th May.
After six years pushing boundaries with his band Dizraeli & The Small Gods, winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, receiving regular radio play and spellbinding crowds at festivals across Europe, in September last year Dizraeli left the band to explore new possibilities.
The exploration took him to unexpected places: first, he composed the soundtrack for a new parallel-worlds comedy on E4 (Tripped); next he toured France with producer and turntablist DJ DownLow; then he spent a week in the refugee camp at Calais, giving workshops and listening to the migrants there.
At the start of 2016, he travelled to Senegal to study West African music with an albino master, and in a remote fishing village covered in dust and music, he finished six new songs.
Carrying these pieces home to London in his head, he decided to record them in a completely new way. Instead of shutting himself in a vibeless, carpeted studio where the impulse of the songs would be lost, he would invite an audience of close friends to the basement of a cafe, play live for those friends and record what he played – no editing; no studio tricks: in the words of one of the tracks …Through the lens to the substance.
The result is the Eat My Camera EP; six songs about migration, injustice, the ghosts on Walthamstow Marsh, the brutal nonsense of consumer London, lost and found love, Palestine and the singer’s Dad… It’s head nod-heavy, beautiful, unsugared songwriting unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Think of Dylan Thomas snogging Sun Ra while the Wu Tang play guitar… you’re close to the feeling.
DIZRAELI SPRING UK TOUR DATES:
Wed 20 April, Norwich @ Octagon Chapel
Thu 21 April, Bristol @ Louisiana
Fri 22 April, Bristol @ Louisiana
Sun 24 April, Exeter @ Phoenix
Tue 26 April, Oxford @ Jericho Tavern
Wed 27 April, Brighton @ The Hope
Thu 28 April, London @ Sebright Arms
Thu 19 May, Nottingham @ Spanky Van Dyke’s
More details here: www.dizraeli.com