Stream Sudan Archives’ new album “Natural Brown Prom Queen” — Homecoming tour coming to Belly Up Tavern on Sep. 24 and Lodge Room on Oct. 22

Sudan Archives
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On her second album Natural Brown Prom Queen the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and violinist Sudan Archives pieces together a kaleidoscopic redefinition of “home.” Across all 18-tracks she paints an illustrious portrait of ever-shifting change, one mirrored both in her geographical relocations (from Cincinnati to Los Angeles) to her incredibly fluid genre-blends. From the thrumming disco spirit and erratic pop hooks that fill songs like album opener “Home Maker” and “Ciara,” to dark-pop anthemics (“Selfish Soul”) and lilting chambered-R&B that swell into stunning instrumentals (“Loyal” EDD).

 

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In a lot of ways Natural Brown Prom Queen serves as a retelling of Sudan’s transplant from her home in Ohio to the west coast — a move in part orchestrated by her step-father (a former music executive) to turn her and her twin sister into a teen pop act. But that didn’t exactly go as planned as the artist tells it on the ecstatic switch-ups of “NBPQ (Topless).” As one soothing, piano-led interlude sums it up: sometimes you just need to “Do Your Thing.”

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Other standouts on the album include the electronica-warped “Freakalizer” and the tender but devoutly sensual rhythms of “Milk Me.” As well as the quarantine-adjacent “Homesick” (Gorgeous & Arrogant) which gets at the heart of the album’s theme of the difficulty of learning how to make a new home no matter where you find yourself. On album closer “#513” she reveals the growing pains of her adopted home as she laments: “Hollywood will make you hollow.” Ultimately, Natural Brown Prom Queen serves as a fitting realization of the vastness inside Sudan — both her evident musical prowess and soulful engagement of the world around her.

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Sudan Archives will be heading on tour this month with dates all over California. Catch her on September 24 in Solana Beach at the Belly Up TavernSeptember 25 in Santa Barbara at Soho Music ClubSeptember 26 in Sacramento at Harlow’sSeptember 27 in San Francisco at The Independent; and for a second night on October 22 in Los Angeles at the Lodge Room.

Visit Sudan Archives on their website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.

Words by Steven Ward

Listen to the new album Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives below!

Sudan Archives tour

Sep 24 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
Sep 25 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Music Club
Sep 26 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
Sep 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Sep 29 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (sold out)
Sept 30 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune
Oct 1 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 4 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
Oct 5 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
​​Oct 7 – Toronto, ON – Axis
Oct 8 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson
Oct 10 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Oct 11 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
Oct 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere (The Hall)
Oct 14 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Oct 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Sound Series Block Party
Oct 17 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Oct 18 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Oct 19 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room (sold out)
Oct 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room

Europe dates

4 Nov – Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia
5 Nov – Zurich, Switzerland – Moods
6 Nov – Munich, Germany – Ampere
8 Nov – Vienna, Austria – Grelle Forelle
9 Nov – Prague, Czech Republic – Futurum Music Bar
10 Nov – Warsaw, Poland – Hybrydy
12 Nov – Copenhagen, Denmark – Hotel Cecil
13 Nov – Berlin, Germany – Metropol
14 Nov – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
15 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
17 Nov – Brussels, Belgium – Orangerie
18 Nov – Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival
20 Nov – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 Studio Warehouse
21 Nov – Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s
23 Nov – London, UK – KOKO*
24 Nov – Manchester, UK – Band on the Wall
25 Nov – Barcelona, Spain – La 2 de Apolo
26 Nov – Lisbon, Portugal – Super Bock em Stock

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