Somewhere in the multifaceted soundscapes of Tinariwen’s music, the concept of home always comes into view. But this home is indefinite. It is more than a mere location. It is internal, and accessible, and it brings with it myriad emotions, from nostalgia, to longing, to ecstasy and tears. There are no words to it, even. It is something to be felt, carried, and built upon. This nomadic ensemble wears this eclectic home on its sleeve as it moves through the world and as it grows. They change and change with new worlds and new acquaintances, and their songs corroborate their constant maturity.
Their follow-up to 2011’s elegant Tassili is slated for a February 11th release. It is called Emmaar, and like Tassili, it accommodates new friends and new locations.
Far away from Mali or the Algerian desert, the group’s latest album was recorded in Joshua Tree, California, at a studio they built themselves, where they recorded together, in one room, with no separation constraining their natural sound.
New friends and collaborators also joined them in this new desert home, including Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Nashville fiddler Fats Kaplin, Chavez’s Matt Sweeney, and the brilliant Saul Williams.
Earlier today, Slate premiered Emmaar’s opening track, Toumast Tincha (The People Have Been Sold Out), and the results are predictably promising.
The track listing for Emmaar is as follows:
1. Toumast Tincha – 4 :26
2. Chaghaybou – 4:56
3. Arhegh Danagh – 4:09
4. Timadrit In Sahara – 4:02
5. Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim – 4:54
6. Tahalamot – 5:13
7. Sendad Eghlalan – 5:04
8. Imdiwanin ahi Tifhamam – 4:42
9. Koud Edhaz Emin – 4:36
10. Emajer – 3:42
11. Aghregh Medin – 4:18
You can also watch Tinariwen’s captivating Tassili desert sessions from 2011 below. The video also features Tunde Adebimpe and Kype Malone of TV on the Radio, who visited the Algerian desert to perform with the group for 2011’s Tassili.