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Released: 01.11.19






After two spectacular EPs, Brittney Denise Parks’ (aka Sudan Archives) debut full-length Athena has been long-awaited for those already attuned to her enthralling blend of Sudanese folk music with modernist R&B. Allowing her the space to enjoy more longeurs and detours than the EP format, Athena finds her delving further into the more electronic aspects of her sound with the nuance and intelligence one would expect.

The most thrilling moments however arrive when her violin playing comes back into the fold: Iceland Moss is a slow jam of grandiose beauty, Glorious is a short but addictive pop gem and lead single Confessions is an impeccably arranged demonstration of just what Parks has to offer. Athena is a thoughtful investigation of morality and duality that deserves to bring Sudan Archives to a far wider audience.



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