As they prepare for the release of their new live album TARAB, French outfit Oiseaux-Tempête have shared ‘Palindrome Series’, another staggering single from the record, following two previously shared cuts, ‘Tuesday, And The Weather Is Clear‘ feat. G.W Sok and ‘Carnaval‘. Deftly melding genres and influences aplenty, as well as elements of improvisation, the mighty and majestic ‘Palindrome Series’ takes a myriad of sonic twists and turns throughout its 10m55s. Take a listen now.
Following last year’s utterly sublime AL-‘AN ! الآن, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year, Oiseaux-Tempête will be gifting the world with a new live album, TARAB. Recorded entirely live while the band toured AL-‘AN ! الآن in Europe and Canada, TARAB encapsulates the free improvised spirit that permeates their live shows, and the multitude of genres they explore, from free-rock and free-jazz to electronica and Arabic music. The album, “far beyond the vibrant testimony”, says the press release, “is a generous invitation to experience, to meditate and to share”.
Founding members Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul created TARAB with longtime collaborators Mondkopf, Sylvain Joasson, G.W.Sok, As Human Pattern and Lebanese musicians Charbel Haber, Abed Kobeissy and Ali El Hout. Set for release on June 15th through Sub Rosa, Oiseaux-Tempête’s upcoming album also comes with a special bonus track featuring Jerusalem In My Heart’s Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
The French outfit first teased the record with a live video for the arresting and entrancing ‘Carnaval’. Now, to get us even more excited, Oiseaux-Tempête have shared another tremendous cut, ‘Tuesday And The Weather Is Clear’, featuring a poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
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
Photo: As Human Pattern
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:
“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.”
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.