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Placenta is the fourth collection of broadly imaginative and highly collaborative Carlos Niño & Friends music released on International Anthem in the last four years. It is also the first new music to be released by Carlos Niño & Friends following the November 2023 release of André 3000’s New Blue Sun – an album which Carlos produced alongside André, while co-writing, co-creating/playing, and co-mixing every song. 

Placenta is announced on April 11th, 2024, a date chosen because it is the 1st solar return of Moss Niño (a new being in human form, who Carlos and his partner Annelise are Earth parents of). Their experience of pregnancy, labor and delivery were all profoundly impactful for Carlos. Becoming a father again (a whole 24 years after the birth of Azul Niño, who has become a regular artistic collaborator with Carlos) he felt total Inspiration for this set of recordings, and hence it is perhaps the most conceptually-grounded Carlos Niño & Friends album we've yet to present – fully connected to the spirit of family, birth, and "how we get here."

Two Classic Black vinyl LPs inside a heavyweight UV gloss single pocket jacket with hype sticker and IARC poly-lined dome pattern innersleeves. Lacquers cut by Daniel K at SST and pressed at Pallas in Germany.


Cat. number: IARC0080
Year: 2024

Produced, Mixed, Edited, and Arranged by Carlos Niño.

Bells, Chimes, Collage, Cymbals, Drums, Field Recordings, Gongs, Kalimbas, Keyboards, Leaves, Plants, Rattles, Shakers, Sound Design, Synths, Voice, and Whistles throughout by Carlos Niño.

This Album is Dedicated to Mothers, Children, Babies, Aunties, Doulas, Midwives, Birthworkers, and especially Haize Hawke, Maia, Aleksandra Evanguelidi, Meaghan Snider, Doctor Phabillia Afflack, Amy Tinney, Doctor Dani, Constantia Tielbeke, Shelly Girard, Davi Kaur Khalsa, Marsha Connor, Tiffany de Leon, Destefano DeLuise, Grace Oh, Mia Doi Todd, Cavana Lee, V.C.R, Rosamond Goulet, Jill Townsend-Sorel, my Sister Claudia Niño, my Mom Carla Niño, Azul Niño and their Mom Andrea Flores, Moss Niño and his Mom, my great Partner Annelise, and her Mom Denise . . .

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