Off their forthcoming album ‘The Temple of I & I,’ Thievery Corporation has just unveiled the lovechild of reggae and electronica, titled “Let The Chalice Blaze.” Their new album drops February 10th: mark your calendars.
“The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us,” explains Eric Hilton of the DC-based electronic band. “On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment – to feel the pulse of the place.”
Infused with the culture and rhythm of Jamaica, ‘The Temple of I & I’ is an extension of the dub ethos and aesthetic Thievery Corporation has built around themselves, but this time the warm soundscape of Port Antonio, Jamaica is center stage as it entrances the listener with musical island magic.
“The Temple of I & I is a place of worship that exists only in our imagination; a place where all people are chosen people and the unity of living things is possible,” explains Hilton about the album’s title. “So much of the world is divided into tribes and belief systems that have imprisoned people’s consciousness and allowed a few to control the many. Culture can be a blessing and a curse. Humanity transcends tribe and culture. This has been a constant theme in Thievery Corporation’s message since day one.”
Experience “Let The Chalice Blaze,” and check out Thievery Corporation’s European tour dates below:
Check back next month for a full review of their forthcoming album, along with a special treat for all you Thievery Corp fans out there.
Feb 15 Lisbon Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
Feb 17 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
Feb 19 Fabrique, Milan, Italy
Feb 20 Kaserne Basel – Basel, Switzerland
Feb 22 L’Alhambra, Paris, France
Feb 24 Astra – Berlin, Germany
Feb 25 Roxy – Prague, Czech Republic
Feb 26 Konzerthaus – Vienna, Austria
Feb 28 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 01 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 02 Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 04 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
Mar 05 The Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom