Ibibio Sound Machine announce new album 'Pull The Rope'

Following on from the release of their much-loved 2022 LP 'Electricity', Ibibio Sound Machine have now announced their plans for a new studio album, arriving later this year.

The new full-length 'Pull The Rope' is being previewed by the new lead single 'Got To Be Who U Are', and is set to be released on the 3rd May via Merge Records.

Speaking about the new offering, the band say it is “about the idea that what brings us together is stronger than what separates us. No matter where we may go, we will always carry the essence of who we are in our hearts, and yet the places and things that separate us are not as important as we may be led to believe. Be happy and proud of who or what you are. Musically, the track begins by stating its message over a traditional African mbira part and then drops into a similar vocal except now over more of an electronic dance vibe which is meant to have an uplifting tone to it to carry along the message that we may be in Europe, Africa or America, but a simple sound or thought can instantly connect us. The places mentioned in the chorus “Surulere, Isale Eko, Ikoyi, Yaba” are all areas in Lagos, Nigeria where Eno grew up. The different parts of the music are connected even though they are using totally different sounds, symbolising movement of people across the world and the fundamental connection between places and people no matter where one may be.”

Have a listen to 'Got To Be Who U Are' in the player and see the album's full tracklisting below.

'Pull The Rope' Tracklist:
1. Pull The Rope
2. Got To Be Who U Are
3. Fire
4. Them Say
5. Political Incorrect
6. Mama Say
7. Let My Yes Be Yes
8. Touch The Ceiling
9. Far Away
10. Dance In The Rain

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