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Camryn Marquez I think what Island of the Gods and Black Merlin do is so important for art. They do not fray away from cultural context and reverence and really do seek to present the essence of a culture as authentically as possible. There are not concessions made or attempts to homogenize what is already a vitality. Culture, language, semiotics, community: these things are beautiful and should they appear as inferior or hideous, one must take pause and ask, “why does there exist such an overwhelming precipice between my aesthetics and this other’s? What is behind this dislocation and how can worlds be viewed?” Favorite track: Kundu.
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Self Heat 06:25
New Guinea 03:14
Cloud 08:34
Kundu 04:58
Talisu 04:34
Sibi 04:42
First Light 04:52
Big Haus 04:56


Back in 2015 George Thompson AKA Black Merlin started a deep love affair with the remote island of Papua New Guinea. After his first album ‘Hipnotik Tradisi’, released on Island Of The Gods; George was intrigued to find a place drenched in culture and untouched by the western world.

In 2016 George planned his first solo expedition, venturing out to meet the Kosua Tribe. Over the course of the next two years George would record the sounds of the Kosua people. From their daily lives, ancient dance customs and wildlife. During one of these trips he spent 14 days alone in the jungle, getting in and out of the Mount Bosavi crater and further 3 days inside recording and filming his experience. These recordings and experiences formed the basis of his second album, Kosua.

Soundclips: soundcloud.com/island-of-the-gods/sets/black-merlin-kosua-iotg-005


released November 7, 2018

All tracks written and performed by Geroge Thompson

Mastered by Gordon Pohl


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