Singer, songwriter, producer and boundary-breaking artist Ebony Bones—whose stage name was coined by punk rock icon Rat Scabies, drummer of The Damned— developed a love for music at an early age. Spending time in her father’s music stall in Brixton Market, her musical education began with artists like Brian Eno and Quincy Jones, and her influences grew to include everyone from Siouxsie Sioux and The Slits to Fela Kuti and Public Enemy. Armed with her own mature and captivating sound and a strong DIY ethic, Ebony will release her sophomore album, Behold, A Pale Horse, on August 5th.
Divided into Parts I and II, Behold, A Pale Horse opens with the album’s striking title track, which features harmonious chants from the Symphony Orchestra of India along with deep, bellowing strings and frenzied percussion. Part I, Born In Flames, continues with “I See I Say,” which sets an air of mystery and intrigue with a foundation of effected vocals playing on a continuous loop throughout. “While The People S.L.E.E.P.” is a high-energy cut led by quick-paced, melodic verses and a tribal beat. Part II, When The Battle’s Lost & Won, features the instrumental “Bread & Circus,” with a prominent guitar melody accompanied by handclaps and cowbell, and bonus track “W.A.R.R.I.O.R.,” characterized by a call and response between Ebony’s powerful vocals and a buzzing electric guitar.
Motivated by her desire to “reach her full potential and inspire others to do the same,” Ebony’s music is filled with strength and courage. “In the end,” she believes, “it doesn’t serve the world to play small.”