Bonobo First Fires video

I first came across Bonobo at my local record swap. Being that it is 2013 and those things stopped happening over a decade ago, what I really mean is the invite-only Dropbox folder in which I drag, drop and collect “exclusive” mp3s with other “in-the-knows”. A grab bag of sorts, I usually find the best and the worst of new music. Bonobo being the former.

His new album, The North Borders, dropped last week (read our track-by-track interview with the man himself) and for one haven’t taken it off repeat since. I’d like to nominate the director, Alex Takacs, to join the crew of Canadians I love (you know you who are Ling Ling Vu and Co). His literal translation of the lyrics provide for a surprisingly beautiful metaphor. Grey Reverend‘s muddy voice hauntingly compliment the cathartic cinematography. Do you remember what it felt like at the beginning of a crush? This video and song are about the re-birth of those butterflies just when you thought the end was near.

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April 24th – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre **
April 25th – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
April 26th – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
April 27th – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge ***
April 30th – Vancouver Canada – Commodore Ballroom ***

MAY 01st – Seattle, WA – Showbox at Market ***
MAY 02nd – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom ***
MAY 03rd – San Francisco, CA Warfield *
MAY 04th – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda ***
MAY 05th – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
MAY 06th – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up ***
MAY 09th – Austin, TX – Emo’s ***
MAY 10th – Dallas, TX – House of Blues ***
MAY 11th – New Orleans, LA – Tipitinas ***

* DJ LO DOWN LORETTA BROWN aka Erykah Badu—DJ SET as well as performing with Bonobo + El Ten Eleven opens
** Shigeto opens
*** El Ten Eleven opens