King Khan & The Shrines – Idle No More


Horns are blaring and Khan’s repenting—self-flagellation aplenty: “There is darkness in every inch of my veins”—but he can’t help backsliding to boasts: “I got two ladies on each arm and it ain’t doin’ me no harm.” It’s a collision between Brother Faith’s Revival and the “Twist And Shout” scene from Ferris Bueller.

This Canadian-born, Berlin-dwelling King Khan fellow is a bona fide modern oddity; every new album brings a new record label (Merge, this time), a new genre (some sort of big band/garage mash-up, here) and curious questions: Is the Idle No More title more placard or credo? Khan has said the disc is named for the indigenous-rights movement, but ‘idle no more’ could just as easily refer to the five-year gap since the last Shrines album.

Check out the incredible and ridiculous video for “Bite My Tongue,” below.

-Scott Bryson


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