Machinedrum's New EP 'Psyconia' Was Inspired by Fig Trees
Chrome Sparks, Angelica Bess, Jorge Elbrecht and Deniro Farrar contribute
Published Jul 29, 2021Following last year's collaborative outing A View of U, Machinedrum has got another group of musical friends together for a follow-up EP. Producer Travis Stewart will share Psyconia on September 10 through Ninja Tune.
The six-song Psyconia features work with A View of U collaborator Chrome Sparks, Body Language's Angelica Bess, North Carolina MC Deniro Farrar, and visual artist and musician Jorge Elbrecht.
Opener "Only One," featuring vocals from Bess and drums from Ian Maciak, is the first song to arrive, and you can hear it below.
Psyconia's title combines the words "psychic" and "syconia," the latter being the plural form of syconium. A press explains that in botany, syconium is a fleshy hollow receptacle, containing numerous flowers which develop together into a multiple fruit, as in the fig. The fig-like instrument that appears on the EP's cover, seen above, was created by Kushagra Gupta.
"We have a few fig trees growing on our property and they tend to withstand the harshest climates southern California throws at them, so I found that inspiring," Stewart explained. "There's also an area near where I live known as Figueroa which is a Spanish translation of Figueira, aka the Portuguese name for a fig tree. I found these synchronicities intriguing and so I went with it for the theme of this EP. It's especially relevant to this time in my life in which my daughter has become a symbol of creation and abundance in my life."
This year has seen Stewart's production appear on Rochelle Jordan's album Play With the Changes. Of course, Jordan led off Stewart's A View of U with "The Relic" last year.
1. Only One (ft. Angelica Bess)
2. Stone Age (ft. Deniro Farrar)
3. Inner Ear (ft. Chrome Sparks)
4. U Just R (ft. Jorge Elbrecht)