hmv's Albums Of The Year 2017 - Ibibio Sound Machine
2017 is almost at an end, but what a year it's been for music! There have been so many great records across the year, and, to celebrate, hmv have rounded up 50 of the best of them for our guide to the best albums of 2017. It's available to pick-up in store now and, to coincide, we're going to be running interviews with some of the artists who've made the cut.
Today it's the turn of powerhouse collective Ibibio Sound Machine and their wonderful LP UYAI, we spoke to singer Eno Williams about how they made it...
How do you look back on the making of UYAI? Was it a difficult album to make?
"It was a fairly long process during which we made some changes, there were transitions in the band but the challenges made the music take some interesting twists and turns!"
What was the first song that came together for the album?
"'Give Me A Reason', which was inspired by the Chibok girls that were abducted in Nigeria. The song is questioning why girls and people, in general, don't have the freedom to be who or what they want to be. It's a serious subject but the tone of the song is trying to get across a positive message."
What’s your favourite memory of making the album?
"The mixing process at TRC studios with Dan Leavers and Kristian Craig Robinson was great fun, those guys really brought something fresh to the album."
If you had to choose a favourite song from the album, could you?
"I suppose overall 'The Chant' is a favourite, it seems to capture what we're about as a band."
Finally, apart from your own LP, what’s been your favourite album of 2017?
"Ooh, that's tricky - there have been some great ones. Thundercat's album is great. We also love Sleaford Mods, glad to see their record doing well, and Sampha was a worthy Mercury Prize winner with another excellent record. I guess that's three..."