Swahili - AMOVREVX

[TLO16]   Translinguistic Other is proud to announce the release of AMOVREVX, the second album by essential Portland quintet Swahili.

For fans of Swahili’s lo-fi, séancing 2012 self-titled debut, the polished pop of AMOVREVX might seem like a surprising departure, however the new album is a faithful chronicle of the band’s studied forays into the realm of electronic music and the experience gained from more than seven years together in constant evolution.

Named for the sixth arcanum of the Tarot de Marseilles, AMOVREVX (“The Lover”) explores themes of duality, partnership, and the interplay of opposing forces in the constant renewal of creation.

“I think of this album as a multidimensional slingshot,” says vocalist Van Pham. “It begins on a crossroads, then travels around this mysterious inner world, visiting many different sonic landscapes along the way.”

70s funk, post-punk, dub reggae and the 80s synth bliss of Vangelis and Giorgio Moroder are all features in this landscape, though these influences are subsumed into a whole that transcends the sum of its parts.

AMOVREVX is presented on CD and in a deluxe edition of 500 LPs with download codes and two original tarot cards.





“exquisite, funk-inflicted pop music fused onto boundless, synthesized landscapes.”

No Fear of Pop



[TLO 09] S/T debut full-length. Transcendental tribal-electro from Portland quintet Swahili.  Mastered by Pete Swanson.

Edition of 300 LPs with download card.

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“one of the most original and refreshing psychedelic projects I’ve heard in a while”

Hammer Smashed Sound

“there is nothing about this music that is by the book. […] The percussion beats you over the head while the synths sound like the end of the world. It’s a sonic fucking monument.”