As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2017.
Back in April Oiseaux-Tempête released one of our favourite albums this year, AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams). So news of a new live album entitled TARAB طَرَبٌ and due out in 2018 is an unexpected and exciting treat. The French outfit has shared a live video for ‘Carnaval’, an arresting and entrancing track featuring Mondkopf, Abed Kobeissy, Ali El Hout and Charbel Haber. As Human Pattern directs. Watch and hear for yourself below.
Following a recent European tour including a tremendous show at Le Guess Who?, Oiseaux-Tempête are set to play in Canada for the first time this week, with Jerusalem In My Heart and Suuns. They play Montreal’s La Sala Rossa this Thursday 23th and Toronto’s The Great Hall the day after.
There’s less than one week to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.
Performing Thursday 9th November at De Helling, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart
French collective Oiseaux-Tempête, the core duo of Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul, released AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams) earlier this year and we fell completely for the album. Partly recorded in Beirut last year, it radiates and reflects its cultural diversity and social and political atmosphere. Euphoric and tumultuous, beautiful and urgent, enigmatic and emotive, their rich soundscapes also draw from their improvisational energy and genres aplenty, from post-rock and free-jazz to Arabic music and electronica. Today Frédéric and Stéphane tell us which three acts they’re most excited to see at the festival.
“So hard to pick up three names in this killer line-up! We could have chosen the 12hours drone feat. Jessica Moss, Yann Gourdon, Lea Bertucci, Ashtoreth… – Dälek – Linda Sharrock – Matana Roberts – or Alanis Obomsawin performing ‘Bush Lady’… These are three acts we might be in the audience shaking heads:
BIG I BRAVE
Performing Thursday 9th November at Pastoefabriek
“Theses guys get everything a power-trio should be: direct and ecstatic, loud and graceful. Their last album ‘Ardor’, recorded by the mighty Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) is a total blast! We will miss their tour in France in the upcoming weeks so we are delighted to be able to see them live at Le Guess Who?!”
Performing Sunday 12th November at EKKO, curated by Perfume Genius
“Behind the cure and poison oriented moniker and sometimes harsh sound, Margaret Chardiet questions the link between body, flesh and feelings.
It can be creepy, dark and scary, but it speaks also about hope and light hidden in the human nature.
We definitely won’t miss the fury and anger on stage, as we follow carefully her work recently.”
Ahmed Fakroun feat. Altin Gün
Performing Thursday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg
“The Lybian legendary crooner and multi-instrumentist Ahmed Fakroun meets the psychedelic vibes of Dutch-Turkish Altin Gün. Prepare yourself to dance.”
Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.
Jerusalem In My Heart have always dazzled us with their powerful and entrancing compositions, exploring and merging traditional Arabic music with electronic influences. Founded over a decade ago by prodigious and adventurous musician, composer and producer-in-demand Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, they are currently a performative audio-visual duo with Charles-André Coderre creating live projections on 16mm film. Ahead of the forthcoming 11th edition of Le Guess Who?, for which they are one of the guest co-curators, we are thrilled and honoured to unveil this special mixtape lovingly assembled by Radwan. Serving as a window into their extraordinary curation, it features music from each of the unique artists they have invited to perform. Now it's time to listen.
- Linda & Sonny Sharrock – Gary’s Step
- Abdel Karim Shaar – Ya Msaharni(live)
- Alanis Obomsawin – Bush Lady
- Klein – Arrange
- Dedekind Cut – Maxine
- Moor Mother – Time Float
- Farida – Maqam Al-Bayat
- Nadah El Shazly – Afqid Adh-Dhakira
- Matana Roberts – Pov Piti
- Linda Sharrock – Streets And Rivers
- Oiseaux-Tempête – Bab Sharqi
- Klein – Prologue
- Matana Roberts – Responsory
- Toukadime – Salah Sadaoui – Ana Achki Fezine
We're very excited to have Oiseaux-Tempête, the French band spearheaded by Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul, behind the wheel of this month's mixtape. The band's music, strangely beautiful and beautifully strange, explores and experiments with many varied genres. To shed some light on their influences, here's their thrilling mix, about which they had this to say:
"16 tracks which fell off the back of our van during our last Spring tour in France and Belgium with Mondkopf, G.W.Sok, As Human Pattern, Two Or The Dragon & Charbel Haber. Recent discoveries or forever inspirations, hidden covers and rare gems, all the music you need for a perfect highway ambience."
- Einstürzende Neubauten – NNNAAAMMM
- Bästard – Golden Lad
- Jerusalem In My Heart – Al Affaq, Lau Mat, Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau
- Om – Cremation Ghat I
- BIG|BRAVE -(Re)collection pt 2
- David Lynch – The Ballad of Hollis Brown
[Sunday Best Recordings]
- Silver Apples – I Have Known Love
- The Ex & Getatchew Mekuria – Tezalegn Yetentu
- Faust / Nurse With Wound – Lass Mich
- Alice Coltrane – Atomic Peace
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Plain Gold Ring
- Pharmakon – Crawling On Bruised Knees
- Scrambled Eggs & “A” Trio – Koji Kabuto (Ya Akruto)
[Johnny Kafta's Kid Menu]
- Vangelis O. Papathanassiou – Sunny Earth
- John Vartan and His Ensemble – Asa Inch Anem
- Scott Walker – Corps De Blah
If you haven’t yet lent your ears to AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams), the new album from Oiseaux-Tempête, you are missing out. Released earlier this month, the record is the third and closing part of a trilogy preceded by 2013’s eponymous album and 2015’s ÜTOPIYA?. In support of the release, the French band are hitting the road today for a tour across France and Belgium.
Coinciding with it, Oiseaux-Tempête have unveiled a video for a new single from the album, the eerily enigmatic and entrancing ‘Bab Sharqi’, directed by Human Pattern. Check it out below.
AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams) is out now via Sub Rosa.