IVORI: Groove Is In The Heart

Groovalicious psychedelic soul collective IVORI have just resurfaced on the musical landscape in the form of two fabulous new tracks, which have come out on 7 inch vinyl via new Northern Rivers record label, Pimo Rekkids.

The tracks, ‘Dirty Money’ (written after a jam in a dirty Gold Coast basement) and ‘Mr Samurai’ (channelling a soundtrack to an imaginary underground samurai film)  are also available online through Bandcamp and serve as a precursor to the band’s upcoming new album, ‘Odyssea’, which promises to be a cosmic mind-trip of epic proportions.

Recently we had a chat with the band’s front-woman (and poet), Emjay, to get the lowdown on all things IVORI.

Can you tell us a bit about how your sound has evolved in the past few years?

We spent some time and really honed in on our grooves. We had a guitarist on our first LP in 2015, since then we have become a four piece sporting drums, bass, keys and vocals. With this line up we have naturally felt closer to our Neo Soul and Funk roots.

You’ll soon be dropping an album, ‘Odyssea’. Can you fill us in about it?

‘Oddysea’ is the second LP from us, but it’s the first release as the new IVORI. It plays out like more of a concept album and gives you pieces of our story. When we were writing ‘Oddysea’ we juxtaposed ancient mythology with modern themes. We wanted to give our take on those bigger concepts, against the backdrop of gritty rhythms and unexpected twists.

It’s also exciting that your new single has come out on vinyl! Do you have an affinity for this format?

There has always been something special about music on a record. From holding the cover like a piece of art to giving the music your undivided attention. Its ritualistic and you respect it. Our new single ‘Dirty Money’ feels right at home on vinyl and the upcoming album will also be pressed onto wax, released through local label Pimo Rekkids.

Who are a few musical artists/acts that are currently inspiring you?

SO MANY but a few on the current playlists for the band members are: Electric Fields, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lizzo, Nai Palm,The Suffers, Lake Street Dive and always Prince.

What are a few of your favourite hang-outs on the Gold Coast (music related or otherwise)?

Dive Bars are where it’s at – we love Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Last Night On Earth, Elsewhere, Nightjar, Vinnies, Miami Marketta and Eddies Grub House. Food wise, I like Ramen, Ramen Danbo, Francie’s Pizzeria and VN Bakery.

If vinyl is your thing, you can grab a copy of IVORI’s killer new single at your favourite bricks and mortar record store, including Beatniks Records in the Niecon Plaza in Broadbeach. Or check out their Bandcamp. ‘Dirty Money’ single with B side ‘Mr Samurai’ is out today. The album ‘Oddysea’ will be out in 2020.

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