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KNOMAD SPOCK Unfurls Into Life In Spring Video For New Single ‘Gift’

8th June 2021

British-Somali poet, rapper and neofolk singer-songwriter Knomad Spock is delighted to reveal the official video for his new single ‘Gift’ which is out now on all good DSPs.

Created by Hull filmmaker Luke Hallet, the gentle video evokes the ethereal healing power of nature, and its ability to awaken old memories and feelings—something many of us have found to be an irreplaceable balm during the pandemic.

As the natural world wakes from a long winter into the warmth and colour of spring, it feels perfectly timed to brush away the cobwebs in our own lives.

“When I first heard the track I was immediately inspired by the finger-picked guitar and the soothing sound of Knomad’s voice,” says Hallet of working on the video. “It brought forward imagery of trees and leaves, with the sunlight shining through them casting dappled shade on the ground. The song made me feel warm and reminiscent of days past, bringing memories of places I would visit with my Grandparents.”

“I wanted the video to feel like one of those memories, or like being in a dream—fleeting moments of thought that suddenly drift to another place the more you focus on them. It was shot in first person, seeing the world how I see it. Rather than having any significant meaning, I simply wanted to create a piece that accompanies the sonic space and let the track speak for itself.”

The track is the latest to be taken from Knomad Spock’s sublime and ambitious debut album, Winter Of Discontent, set for release on 23rd April 2021.

The album will be available on 12” vinyl via Hinterland Creative—a new label formed as part of LIFE drummer Stewart Baxter’s platform for creative projects, collaborations, artistic outlets, music, and design from a handpicked collective of northern artists.

Preorders are live now: https://knomadspock.bandcamp.com/album/winter-of-discontent

Currently based in Somaliland working on COVID-19 relief projects, KS recently recorded a stunning international live session for Janice Long on BBC Wales using field recordings from his time spent in the country, as well as a reworked live version of album closer ‘Maps’ with a brand new poem written in Somalian.

In true lockdown fashion, the vocals were dialled in via iPhone, a process which took nothing away from the beautiful, intimate feel of the session—a real testament to the power of the songs. Listen here.

Previously-released singles ‘Papillon’, ‘Egypt’ and ‘Ballad’ have picked up a ground-swell of enthusiastic early support from Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson at BBC 6music, John Kennedy at Radio X, and Adam Walton at BBC Wales, alongside press from AFROPUNK, EQUATE Magazine, GoldFlakePaint, Buzz Magazine, Come Play With Me, For The Rabbits and more.

Debut album Winter Of Discontent is released 23rd April 2021 via Hinterland Creative