WATCH: Ritual Forms – ‘Down’

A brooding, atmospheric soundscape that explores the way our moods fluctuate during uncertain times, Ritual Forms have shared their latest single ‘Down’. Lifted from their upcoming debut album, Nighttime Economy, which is set for release on 2nd March, the London-based trio’s new offering is another captivating blend of hypnotic loops, steady beats and intoxicating vocals.

Formed during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, good friends Anna Marcella, Curtis Elvidge and Joe Cross decided to combine their distinctive musical backgrounds into a new project. Under the moniker of Ritual Forms, the trio wanted to remove all of their self-imposed constraints and rediscover themselves in an a new and uninhibited creative process. This culminated in their debut single ‘Dreaming‘, which seamlessly shifts between the lighter and darker shades of human emotion, and the band’s latest offering ‘Down’ flows in a similar shadowy vein.

“’Down’ was planted in retro territory when Curtis created a warped 90’s hip-hop sample, which in turn inspired me to create impactful lyrics and groove melodies around a unique song structure,” vocalist Anna explains about the track. “The lyrical backdrop here is both personal and politically charged, but we wanted to layer sounds and textures to bring a sullen and dreamy vibe that represents both the anxious undertones many of us are feeling, along with the flow and relief of moving forward.”

Ritual Forms will be playing a FREE show at Hoxton Underbelly on Wednesday 25th January in order to celebrate the release of their new single.

‘Down’ is accompanied by a cinematic monochrome video which you can watch below.

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Kate Crudgington
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LISTEN: Nadia Tehran – ‘Down’

Iranian-Swedish artist and producer Nadia Tehran has shared her new single ‘Down’, and it’s an atmospheric, sharply produced piece of songwriting. Taken from her upcoming debut album which is set for release later this year, Nadia’s vocals rise and fall over glitchy beats and enthralling melodies.

‘Down’ features production from Nadia herself, as well as Fabian “DJ Haydn” Berglund & Patrick Alvarsson, and was mixed by Lexxx (Björk, Fatima Al Qadiri, Jamie Woon). The artist is set to perform at the YEAR0001 Official SXSW showcase on March 14th 2019 alongside Merely, Bladee, Nadia Tehran, Thaiboy Digital, V**gra Boys and Yung Lean too.

Growing up in a Muslim Iranian family in a small Christian town in the middle of Sweden, Nadia Tehran is no stranger to the exploration of cultures and boundaries, and her music is reflective of her ability to mesh these existing worlds together to create something entirely new. Listen to ‘Down’ below and follow Nadia on Facebook for more updates.

Credit: Joakim Eklof

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut