Yasmine Hamdan: Ya Nass (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Yasmine Hamdan: La Mouche
Yasmine Hamdan: Ya Nass (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Out of the Lebanon -- where she co-founded an electronica duo Soapkills -- and now based in Paris, this striking singer-writer and counterculture figure in the Arab world really hits her straps here on an album which is at a point between sensual electronica, downbeat chill-out, generic pan-Middle Eastern slo-mo pop and cocktail lounge slinkiness.

That it comes in (mostly) Arabic adds an extra allure of exoticism and it is also elegantly produced by Marc Collin of the cool-mood French art project/covers band Nouvelle Vague

Originally released last year but now re-presented with five new tracks, the full effect of this collaboration is going to go right past anyone who doesn't speak the multiple languages she does (and she slips between them in single songs), but on a purely ambient level this is a classy production of dialed-down moods for late night listening.

Perhaps the coolness and overall atmospheric tone works against it in terms of the individual songs, but in isolation -- check the soft touch of La Mouch -- there are also some fine songs here.

Hamdan is so cool -- and hot -- that she plays herself in a forthcoming David Lynch movie. 

Turn down the lights . . . 

Like the sound of this, then check out Vanessa Daou.


Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Various Artists: Womad; The World's Festival (Carte!l)

Various Artists: Womad; The World's Festival (Carte!l)

At a recent lecture-cum-talk to music-performance students about "world music" and what a sippery creature it is, I was asked what the common thread or identifying feature it might be.... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Someone from Tago

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Someone from Tago

It is in the nature of these things that you send a questionnaire to a group and someone answers, but they neglect to tell us who. So with apologies to whoever in the Korean percussion ensemble... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

VOLUME, MAKING MUSIC IN AOTEAROA at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

VOLUME, MAKING MUSIC IN AOTEAROA at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

This is the article I wrote for Metro magazine about the Volume exhibition which is currently running at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. People say it a lot: As you get older you can't... > Read more

Ornette Coleman: Friends and Neighbors (Flying Dutchman/Border)

Ornette Coleman: Friends and Neighbors (Flying Dutchman/Border)

The day I interviewed Ornette Coleman -- the composer/jazz musician I place above all others for captivating and unpredictable music-- the stars seemed in a peculiar and happy alignment. I rarely... > Read more