Tamikrest, Kidal (2017)
I should probably write an actual review of this – since it’s new and all – but every now and then I like to go in to the store and just buy a brand new record, the LP – with no real focus on ‘reviewing’ it as such; this is just me as ‘fan’, as music listener. And I guess Tamikrest first really got under my skin with their third album, Chatma. Over their half-dozen releases they’ve provided utmost consistency, theirs is a desert blues informed by the politics of their Tourareg culture and place – or place-less-ness – their religion, spirit, philosophy, geography and genealogy all rolled into one, all rolling around within the sound of this music. Amazing band, those wonderful curling, unfurling guitar lines. I have not a clue what they’re saying – until I head to a page to translate the lyrics – but there’s a weight in the delivery, and a curiosity, and expectation around their sound. A wonderful band. So I walked in and bought this – without hearing it – knowing it would be great. And it is. The best kind of No Surprise There story.
Sample Track: Ehad Wad Nadorhan
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