Naima Bock

Naima Bock - former Goat Girl - Practicing Archeologist - Currently Giant Palm.

Naima Bock – In Session – 2022 – Past Daily Soundbooth.

Naima Bock
Naima Bock – former Goat Girl – Practicing Archeologist – Currently Giant Palm.

Naima Bock – in session for Marc Riley – August 23, 2022 – Past Daily Soundbooth – BBC 6 Music –

Naima Bock in session. Recorded literally hours ago for Marc Riley at BBC6 Music.

The name may ring a few bells – if you were a fan of the band Goat Girl you would know the name as Naima Jelly – she left in 2019 to pursue greener pastures and proceeded to form Giant Palm.

Here’s what her label SubPop has to say:

Naima had been writing songs for years without any strong idea of where to take them. However, over a gradual process of rehearsing and performing with Joel, the compositions began to settle into something more concrete. It wasn’t until restrictions began to ease post- lockdown that they were able to focus on getting the songs finished and recorded. Fortunately, Dan Carey of Speedy Wunderground offered his spare studio space in Streatham, in south east London, free of charge. Informed by a desire to create music that was considered and intentional, they spent the month leading up to the recording expanding the arrangements, to be performed by a large and varied group of musicians – with Joel scoring parts and recording the synth and electronic elements in advance. Once they managed to schedule slots for the more-than 30 musicians on the record – the expansive yet delicate arrangements were brought to life and captured with the help of engineer Syd Kemp.

Naima loves the collective voice of traditionals that belong to everyone. She’s recently found a home for this passion in her role in the ever-shifting line-up of South-London folk collective Broadside Hacks, but it’s long been a way for her to explore her own artistry. She learned to play guitar and violin through these songs, but she also found her voice in them. “All the other representations that I’d had of singing felt so unattainable” she recalls, but in folk music she found that singing can take on so many forms without the need to exactly replicate something. Here, qualities that make her voice unique were able to flourish. This is present all through her music, as well as a feeling of community and the sharing of ideas.

Written over the space of years, each of Naima’s songs represents a snapshot of a specific feeling, of brief moments in Naima’s life that make up a larger whole. “I never change lyrics” she says, “even if I don’t relate to them anymore, I related to them once which means someone else could, somewhere”. Whether that’s in the playful humour of ‘Campervan’, the peaceful exhale of ‘Giant Palm’ or in the darker moments like in the stark, self-critical honesty of ‘Every Morning’, whatever the form it’s always laid bare.

Dive in and enjoy.

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