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Slift Share New Track “Nimh” – New Album Out January 19th via Sub Pop

December 6, 2023
Photo credit: Ben Pi


Share thundering 9+ min track “Nimh”
Album ‘ILION’ out January 19th on Sub Pop
UK tour dates this Spring

Sub Pop will release SLIFT’s ILION’, the third full-length album by the French heavy psychedelic rock outfit, on January 19th, 2024. Now, the band shares the new song “Nimh” with a visualizer by Dimitri Thouzery & Guthio. 

“Nimh” is a 9+ minute prog-infused journey filled with jazz rhythms, deft guitar/bass/drum interplay, and layered textures, all anchored by a massive Black Sabbath-esque riff that eventually crumbles into a thundering doom-metal coda. It’s a fitting sample of the forthcoming album, which launches SLIFT even deeper into the cosmos, merging the furious intensity of metal and the wigged-out guitar heroics of psych-rock with post-rock’s epic sense of scale.

The band said of the song/video: “‘Nimh’ is the second track on the record; it follows ‘Ilion.’ It’s a piece that talks about men’s slow but certain descent towards total madness. To illustrate this, the song tells the story of the drift through space of a ship, the ‘Nimh,’ and its crew, which is made up of leaders of huge corporations and anyone who has accumulated a lot of money on Earth. They set off for what they think will be a new world but never arrive at their destination. The gods of Time are facetious. The song is sung by the people left on Earth, prophesying this failure, abandoned to live on this barren planet entering the last millennia of its existence. As surprising as it may seem, we had Nina Simone in mind when writing a good part of the piece, especially the second part. To support the song’s subject, we also pushed our psych-rock towards bands like Converge.”

The mammoth arrangement kicks off and feels like it’s already mid-course, the boundaries are endless, and the fabric continues to delve further and further into this colossal and cosmic creation. This mighty track delivers on attitude, tonality, textures and the almighty course. Brash, bold, big. Slift releases this mammoth ensemble that emits this unruly essence as this track shifts through such intense passages.

SLIFT will embark on a mammoth UK & EU tour. The band’s 2023 KEXP performance is a tantalising taste of the band’s live powers, which merge earth-rattling volume, cosmic soundscapes, and psychedelic visuals into a mind-bending, glorious experience. See below for a complete list of dates.SLIFT is brothers Jean and Remí Fossat, and Canek Flores. Formed in 2016, SLIFT quickly made an impression on rockers worldwide with their 2017 debut EP, ‘Space Is the Key’, and the following year’s full-length ‘La Planeté Inexplore’é. In 2019, their KEXP session recorded at the Trans Musicales festival became a viral sensation, racking up more than 1.5 million YouTube views and setting the stage for their acclaimed 2020 space-rock opus, ‘UMMON’, and a subsequent limited-edition 7” for the Sub Pop Singles Club.  

‘ILION’ launches SLIFT even deeper into the cosmos, merging the furious intensity of metal and the wigged-out guitar heroics of psych-rock with post-rock’s epic sense of scale.  ‘ILION’ is a towering work of rock music, a steamrolling record that starts at the highest peak and never lets up. If that sounds overwhelming, trust that this Toulouse trio have you in good hands. Their third full-length feels massive and oceanic, merging the furious intensity of metal and the wigged-out guitar heroics of psych rock with post-rock’s epic sense of scale. ‘ILION’ is the kind of music where you listen to it and think to yourself, “This came from only three people?” It sure did, and SLIFT’s utter ferocity is way more than a tempest in a teacup. It reaches outwards for miles and creates new zeniths within unforeseen horizons of rock.

SLIFT live dates:
Fri. Feb. 23 – Brighton, UK – Chalk
Sat. Feb. 24 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
Sun. Feb. 25 – Dublin, IE –  Whelan’s
Mon. Feb. 27 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Feb. 28 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom

Thu. Feb. 29 – Lille, FR – Aéronef
Fri. Mar. 01 – Paris, FR – La Cigale
Sat. Mar. 02 – Saint Malo, FR – Route du Rock Hiver
Wed. Mar. 13 –  Toulouse, FR – Bikini
Fri. Mar. 15 – Nantes, FR- Stereolux
Sat. Mar. 16 – Rouen, FR – 106
Mon. Mar. 18 – Bruxelles, FR – Ancienne Belgique
Tue. Mar. 19 –  Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg
Wed. Mar. 20 – Cologne, DE- Club Volta
Thu. Mar. 21 – Groningen, NL – Vera
Fri. Mar. 22 – Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan
Sun. Mar. 24 – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
Mon. Mar. 25 – Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
Tue. Mar. 26 – Oslo, NO- John Dee
Wed. Mar. 27 – Stockholm, SE – Hus 7
Sat. Mar. 30 – Berlin, DE – Lido
Mon. Apr. 01 – Leipzig, DE- UT Connewitz
Mon. Apr. 02 –  Stuttgart, DE – Wisemann Club
Tue. Apr. 03 – Esch Sur Alzette, LU – Kulturfabrik
Wed. Apr. 04 – Zurich, CH – Mascotte 
Thu. Apr. 05 –  Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
Fri. Apr. 06 – Marseille, FR – Espace Julien

‘ILION’ track list:
1. Ilion
2. Nimh
3. The Words That Have Never Been Heard
4. Confluence
5. Weaver’s Weft
6. Uruk
7. The Story That Has Never Been Told
8. Enter The Loop

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