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Alternative & Indie - Released October 23, 2020 | Transgressive

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Do not be fooled. Don't let the crisp desert sky of the cover photo, the cheerful tenor of the title, or even the name of the band fool you. The third album from Malian group Songhoy Blues is a rollicking, high-volume, in-your-face rock record and not some delicate, café-friendly take on "world fusion." Once again flexing their considerable guitar-bass-drums muscle, the quartet's confrontational and direct sound has now found its most appropriate producer yet with Chavez's Matt Sweeney whose feedback-first approach gives the album a rough grit that is especially welcome, sharpening the group's punk edges into burly aggression. Everything is cranked on Optimisme, from the chunky rhythm section and the fiery guitars to the vocals, which vary from gruffly lyrical to infectious chanting. From the opening fusillade of "Badala" (the shouting chorus of which will remain lodged in your brainpan long after the song is over) and the twisting funk of "Barre" through the cheeky, sweet, and slightly acidic "Pour Toi" and the melancholy "Korfo," Songhoy hits a range of moods and topics here, but the overall texture of the album is direct, unapologetic, and loud. It's an invigorating slash of rage, joy, and, yes, optimism that is more than welcome in this day and age. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2017 | Transgressive

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A curveball thrown by this most-electric African neo-blues outfit who owe as much to John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix and Ali Farka Touré as they do to Bombino or Tinariwen! Introduced to the public by Damon Albarn thanks to his project Africa Express, Songhoy Blues is one of the most interesting Malian acts around today. You can tell that these four young musicians are well-marinated in a diverse range of influences and their Music In Exile which came out in 2015 was the perfect statement of their pleasing stylistic gluttony. With Résistence, we get another chance to be blindsided and swept away by this powerful trance and its electric and guitar supports, which swerves from furious and inspired pieces to quasi-shamanistic ballads. Politically-committed music (as the title suggests) for which the crew from Bamako brought in one Iggy Pop (Sahara) but also London rapper Elf Kid (Mali Nord). © MD/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 6, 2015 | Transgressive

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 23, 2015 | Transgressive

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 17, 2020 | Transgressive

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 15, 2021 | Transgressive

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 21, 2017 | Transgressive

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 19, 2020 | Transgressive

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