Swedish/Barbadian singer/songwriter Naomi Pilgrim recently put out a brand new remix package for recent single “Mama,” a track taken from her new Sink Like A Stone EP, out now via Cosmos. The package leads off with a remix from Melbourne producer duo GodWolf.
Rounding out the release is a smart tech house rework from Joel Ford, co-owner of Driftless Recordings who has contributed production to such projects as Oneohtrix Point Never, Autre Ne Veut, Com Truise and Cyril Hahn. Of the Sink Like A Stone EP, which also features standout tracks “I Wonder” and title track “Sink Like A Stone,” Naomi professes, “Writing this EP has been an at times scarring and at times sweet experience. Sink Like A Stone truly is a labour of love and the writing process required both time and total honesty; I had to open old wounds and keep others from healing properly. It hasn’t been the least bit easy, but in the end it was definitely worth it.”
Naomi Pilgrim released her debut solo single “No Gun” in 2013, after years of singing backup for Lykke Li and other artists. Her debut self-titled EP, released spring 2014, saw praise across the board with critics making comparisons from Sade to Lauryn Hill. Since the release of her debut EP in 2014, Naomi has performed across Europe drawing large crowds at festivals like Sweden’s Way Out West and Norway’s By:Larm.
Last year Naomi returned to her childhood home of Barbados for the first time in nearly a decade. The trip was an awakening, not least musically. As Naomi puts it, “It was difficult to see how Barbados had grown into a kind of poverty I couldn’t recall from my childhood. At the same time I was reminded of the joy that can come from simplicity. It was an important trip that helped me understand how to use my Barbadian heritage in my music.”
The Sink Like A Stone EP is a powerful and painful reflection of Naomi Pilgrim’s world. Naomi turns herself and society inside out, skillfully melodizing political developments like the far right’s progression in Sweden and posing uncomfortable questions about cultural heritage, oppression, and fascism.