Bonelang press shot

Bonelang press shot

With album Venn Diagrams (Pt.1) out next month Chicago-based indie-jazz-rap duo Bonelang are about to release a lead single. We take a look at the band who have personal politics underpinning their music.

Chicagoan indie-jazz-rap duo Bonelang have revealed a new single, Mushroom Moon, today ahead of their debut album Venn Diagrams (Pt.1) being released next month (16 Feb).

The sparse percussion, fraught lyrics and soothing harmonies come together for a track which weaves between hip-hop, freeform poetry and touches of soulful psychedelic funk. A lullaby for dark and difficult times, the repeating lyrics and hushed beats bring in tranquility even as the lyrics rise with anger, overlaid and circling before dropping out.

“I like my city dirty, and I like my thoughts deep”

This is a track that explores the personality of place, the impact of your surroundings on who you become as much as how you live you life. It muses on city-dwellers not as individuals but as herds, touching lightly on the personal relationships within the mass. A modern take on faith, as much as the lyrics it is the sunflowers throughout the band’s artwork which symbolise the spirituality they are expressing through the music.

Friends for years the duo, Matt Bones and Samy Language, started making music which would not just be entertaining but had the integrity of their own beliefs. The forthcoming album covers themes of compassion, empathy and love while looking to pass forward the message “let us focus more on what we have in common than what we do not.”

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Mushroom Moon is released digitally on 13 January ahead of album Venn Diagrams (Pt.1) on 16 February. Find Bonelang on Facebook, Twitter, Insta and their website.

All words by Sarah Lay. Sarah is editor of Louder Than War and you can find her on Twitter. Read more from her in her Louder Than War author archive or her full portfolio of music journalism here

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Sarah is a former editor of Louder Than War and a freelance music writer for numerous other publications online and in print. Co-owner of Reckless Yes Records she has put out music by LIINES, Pet Crow and lots of other awesome bands as well as put on shows by bands including Bivouac, Mark Morriss, Desperate Journalist and Dream Nails. She's an author, user experience designer and digital content strategist, as well as an occasional broadcaster. Sarah is a compulsive collector of coloured vinyl, a believer in the boogie and is in love with possibilities.

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