Written by Rahoul Naik
Tirelessly inventive psychedelic Dutch trio MY BABY are back with a new video and a huge tour announcement which will see them taking their mesmerising shows across the UK. MY BABY consists of Amsterdam-born frontwoman Cato van Dyck (vocals, guitar, bass, banjo, violin) and brother Joost van Dyck (drums, percussion), and New Zealand-born lead guitarist Daniel “DaFreez” Johnston.
The new video comes with new single Sunflower Sutra, one of the more popular cuts off their album, Prehistoric Rhythm. The video is resplendent with the band’s deep-rooted earthy inspiration, beautifully illuminated by rising director Ayla Spaans.
MY BABY’s distinctive tribal influences and deep symbolism permeate Prehistoric Rhythm, with their trademark hypnotic drums, shimmering soulful vocals, and psychedelic riffs riding on the back of rootsy Blues and dubbed-out Funk.
In the video, frontwoman Cato van Dyck is represented as an important and holy character who connects the Real and Spirit worlds. In her own words – “This is the story of an ancient city’s Queen blessing her people. Moroccan Gnawa trance meets a dance-themed Andean Hymn, instilling the city’s dwellers with belief in the power of the Sun”.
Director Ayla Spaans used MY BABY’s surrealist psychedelic tribal influences as inspiration for the concept behind the ‘Sunflower Sutra’ video. In the story, the totems of each individual band member are evoked. Totems are based upon the Chinese Zodiac sign of each band member:
Rooster: Intentional, courageous, persevering, and hardworking (Daniel)
Hare: Care, growth, fertility, faith, happiness, sexuality and abundance. (Cato)
Pig: Soft, modest, serious, responsible, but subjective in life (Joost)
Each Zodiac Sign is looking for its totem through performing a powerful dance. At the end of the ceremony each band member represents their new-found self.
After a busy Summer playing a significant slice of the UK’s festival circuit (Isle of Wight, Wilderness, Glastonbury, Shambala, OnBlackheath, Bestival), MY BABY will also headline a UK tour. Watch in wonder as MY BABY pull a never-ending series of tricks from their kaleidoscopic sleeves at the following venues
MY BABY AUTUMN UK TOUR 2017:
Sept 30 Glasgow – Tenement Trail
Oct 2 Leeds – Wardrobe
Oct 3 Bristol – Thekla
Oct 4 London – Dingwalls
Oct 5 Manchester – Night And Day
Oct 6 Birmingham – Actress and Bishop
Oct 8 Brighton – Con Club