Machinedrum, will release his new album Psyconia on September 10, via Ninja Tune. The EP features North Carolina rapper Deniro Farrar (Leader of CultureRap), electronic artist Chrome Sparks, and producer/songwriter/visual artist from the contemporary indie rock space: Jorge Elbrecht (Japanese Breakfast, No Joy).
The title – “Psyconia” – is a play on words, combining “psychic” and “syconia” (which is the plural form of syconium). In botany, syconium is a fleshy hollow receptacle, containing numerous flowers which develop together into a multiple fruit, as in the fig. Fig trees historically represent creation and abundance in various religions and cultures. It is the fruit from the tree of enlightenment. It represents a new understanding and a new beginning.
“We have a few fig trees growing on our property and they tend to withstand the harshest climates southern California throws at them, so I found that inspiring,” explains Travis. “There’s also an area near where I live known as Figueroa which is a Spanish translation of Figueira, aka the Portuguese name for a fig tree. I found these synchronicities intriguing and so I went with it for the theme of this EP. It’s especially relevant to this time in my life in which my daughter has become a symbol of creation and abundance in my life.”
The EP artwork is by celebrated artist Kushagra Gupta (@kushlet) who took Travis’ inspirations and created a fictional musical instrument that looks both organic (fig-like) and alien.
North American Tour Dates
Jul 31 – San Bernardino, CA @ Hard Summer Festival
Aug 08 – Atlanta, GA @ 808 Fest
Aug 13 – A View of U Live Stream: Worldwide Rebroadcast
Sep 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ XPNSN/Catwalk — Psyconia Release Party
Sep 29 – Washington, DC @ Flash
Sep 30 – Miami, FL @ Floyd
Oct 02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
Oct 08 – Chicago, IL @ Smartbar
Oct 15 – San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom
Oct 22 – Denver, CO @ The Black Box — Vapor City Club
Oct 23 – Denver, CO @ The Black Box — A View of U Universe
Oct 24 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Oct 31 – San Bernardino, CA @ Escape Halloween
Pre-order Psyconia by Machinedrum HERE