Latency presents alternative versions of songs from Lafawndah’s newest album The Fifth Season (Latency, 2020). The three tracks come from Tirzah & Coby Sey (UK), Moor Mother (US) and Laurel Halo (US), and are now available in digital only. Artwork by Jasper Spicero. Inspired by her encounter with author NK Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, Lafawndah both pays homage to and extends further the elemental, emotionally charged myths of Jemisin’s books. These are stories where a broken heart can tear apart a continent. In contrast to the precision-tuned industrial productions of Ancestor Boy, The Fifth Season breathes a different kind of volatility. Inviting a new degree of spontaneity and freedom into her process, Lafawndah’s collaborators — Theon Cross (tuba), Nathaniel Cross (trombone), Valentina Magaletti (percussion), and Nick Weiss (keyboards) — encircle her confrontational character studies with iridescent, cinematic chamber-bass moves.
Valentina Magaletti (percussion)
Nick Weiss (keyboards)
Theon Cross (tuba)
Nathaniel Cross (trombone)