After selling out Islington Assembly Hall 2 months in advance, Soundcrash are happy to announce that critically acclaimed Taureg dessert blues masters Tinariwen will be taking to the stage for what promises to be a spellbinding performance at Electric Brixton.
Due to political instability in their country, the band recorded away from their homeland for the first time, setting up shop in another desert: Joshua Tree, California. “This is the first time we are recording out of Africa it has to be in a desert,” says bassist Eyadou Ag Leche. “We would like to live in peace in the north of Mali, but this is very difficult, there is no administration, no banks, no food, no gas. Joshua Tree is in the high desert of California, we love all the desert, these are places where we feel good to live and to create.”
Recorded over three weeks in studio built in a house in the region known for spaced-out rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelic cowboy folk, Emmaar showcases an organic feel from the rolling hand drums and meandering guitars of album opener “Toumast Tincha” chants to the galloping beats of the forward-marching “Chaghaybou.” “we were not in a proper studio or outside in the desert like tassili,” Ag Leche says, “we built a studio in a big house in joshua tree. everybody in the same room, with no separation. we wanted something which sounded natural and live.”