New Album by Khu.éex’ - “They Forgot They Survived”
Tlingit tribal member and glass artist Preston Singletary founded the band Khu.éex’ , a one-of-a-kind collaboration, with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking heads, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.
Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Singletary thought of the name Khu.éex' because of the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music. This is the intent of Khu.éex', to present a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.
Following their debut album, The Wilderness Within", the second album “They Forgot They Survived” was recently released. This triple vinyl album also features Preston Singletary on bass and a specially designed etched side by the artist.
“They Forgot They Survived” was recorded at Avast Studio in Seattle with Randall Dunn (Engineer/Record Producer of the Cave Singers). This new album by Khu.éex’ features Great Northwest Native storytelling driven by the pulse of funk/rock beats.
Preston Singletary notes his context for the new album as ,“The framing of indigenous people as victims has long affected the tribal youth resulting in a disconnect from the awakenings of their ancestors before them. Natives have survived and are thriving through their passionate culture that has been kept alive through the ups and downs of modern life. Khu.éex’ embodies the native spirit in its purest form of music showing that their cultural heritage will always survive. This album is not only beautiful sonically, but also visually in that it is truly a one of a kind piece of artwork. There is something deeply special to its creation that many will connect with and have a better understanding of the native people.”
Check out the new Khu.éex’ YouTube channel for exclusive music videos, band interviews, clips from an upcoming Khu.éex’ documentary and more.
“Though it is described as a funk band, Khu.éex’ is far more than that, mixing Native American song and spoken word with atmospheric, visionary jazz improvisation in a way that recalls the ecstatic ’70s jazz-funk work of groups like Weather Report or Carlos Santana.” - Paul De Barros, The Seattle Times.