London-based heavy-psych outfit VŌDŪN have released a video for their song “Mawu.”
The track is lifted from the band’s voodoo-fuelled, afro-tinged trip of a debut album, Posession, scheduled for release on the 25th of March via Riff Rock Records.
The band explain of “Mawu”: “[Mawu] is the beginning, the life giver, the Moon. The great and equal Goddess to The God, Lisa. The creator of this world, the passion of fertility, and a grower of life and beauty. If you split yourself open, you would see that she lives within us all.”
VŌDŪN are an afro-futuristic tribe who conceive of themselves as three central forces, rather than individuals. Oya (vocals), Ogoun (drums) and Marassa (guitar) revolve around the spirits that govern the Earth itself. Collectively, they are VŌDŪN. Heavy, weird, soulful and expectant of the abnormal.
“The music is made to represent how we see VŌDŪN and understand its beautiful, complicated and powerful history,” explains front woman Oya. “Exploring how Possession itself might feel in its binding and opening of the soul, we’ve taken our view of the world and married it with how the Spirits, Gods and Goddesses might entangle themselves in our own lives. The movement of the music is us bearing our souls, reflecting how something that has been demonised for so long can actually be something to wholly embrace.”
Check out the group’s video for “Mawu” below.
Mixed by the Brit-nominated Tom Dalgety, Possession is devoted to understanding the magnificent and complex past of Vodun cosmology – an ancient West African religion that VŌDŪN channel into the sounds that make up Possession’s 11 tracks. You can pre-order the album here.
VŌDŪN will head out on a co-headline tour of the UK with Limb in April, playing the following dates:
Apr 2nd: Manchester, Rebellion
Apr 3rd: Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
Apr 6th: Coventry, The Arches
Apr 7th: London, The Lexington (Vodun Album launch gig)
Apr 8th: Bristol, Stag & Hounds
Apr 9th: Oxford, The Wheatsheaf