The Invisible‘s self-titled debut album was one of 2009′s slow-burners that almost saw them scoop the Mercury Music Prize that year – and now, having collaborated with everyone from Micachu, Jessie Ware and Polar Bear, the trio are on the verge of returning with their second album, Rispah. Below, you can find a typically rich, patient first taste of album in the form of ‘Protection’, while the full LP is coming in the UK and Europe on June 11 on the brilliant Ninja Tune label.
In the words of the band’s Dave Okumu, Rispah is a “love letter to grief”, deeply influenced by the death of his mother during the recording process. Okumu says, ”I couldn’t engage with music for a long period. The moment it returned to me was at my mum’s funeral, which lasted several days. One evening, during the wake, my grandmother Zilpa, my mother’s mum, arrived at our home accompanied by a group of women singing traditional spirituals. They approached my mother’s body and sang over it, dancing around her coffin. It was the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. They transformed the atmosphere with sound and the spirit they brought to it. They were celebrating life and death, grief and hope, all things. This act was allowing everyone present to express themselves. It served as the most potent reminder of everything I believe about music. It’s there for everybody, it’s inclusive and transformative. I’m so glad these voices are stitched through our record.” Listen to and download ‘Protection’ below.