After releasing their acclaimed self-titled debut on Matthew Herbert's Accidental, trio The Invisible are returning on 11th June with a new album on Ninja Tune. With “Rispah” they hope to at least equal the recognition they got for their first LP, nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and chosen by iTunes as Album of the Year in 2009. The record, according to Dave Okumu, will be “a love letter to grief,” as they started to record just days after the passing of his mother, when uncertainty came over him.
“One evening, during the wake, my grandmother Zilpa, my mother's mum, arrived at our home accompanied by a group of women singing traditional spirituals. They approached my mother's body and sang over it, dancing around her coffin. It was the most beautiful sound I've ever heard. They transformed the atmosphere with sound and the spirit they brought to it. They were celebrating life and death, grief and hope, all things. This act was allowing everyone present to express themselves. It served as the most potent reminder of everything I believe about music. It's there for everybody, it's inclusive and transformative. I'm so glad these voices are stitched through our record,” says Okumu about the mysticism floating over the better part of their new compositions. Soon we'll get more details, but you can already work up an appetite with first advance track “Protection”.