Omar Souleyman - To Syria, With Love (2xLP Vinyl)

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Omar Souleyman, who has collaborated with Björk and Four Tet, began his career as a prolific wedding singer, releasing nearly 500 live albums before civil war broke out in his native Syria in 2011. He then moved to Turkey and in 2013 released his Four Tet-produced debut studio album Wenu Wenu via Ribbon/Domino, which NPR called, "...a jam so visceral, thrilling and intense as to make the mysterious matter of earthly borders seem hardly worth the time to contemplate." His 2015 sophomore album Bahdeni Nami (various producers including Four Tet, Gilles Peterson and Modeselektor) garnered widespread critical praise including The Guardian, who proclaimed "It's so fast that the only appropriate way to engage with it is to wriggle your limbs. Melodies are both abrasive and ebullient, chattering endlessly like raucous birdsong," and 2017’s To Syria, With Love via Mad Decent placing Omar firmly in the canon of global electronic music.

Limited Edition 2 Coloured LP's and bonus CD.



A huge improvement over Bahdeni Nami. Omar's third album after his western breakthrough lives up to expectations. There's no throwaway songs (even the weaker "Khayen" has a good rhythm going on), the producing is vibrant and he even does a slow ballad like I wanted in his last album! It's not the beatless dirge I expected, despite being named "Mawal" and reminding itself of the wasted potential on "Mawal Menzal" in the previous record, but it's so good finally hearing Omar with better production and pouring his heart on each word he utters.

Omar, being the party man he is, dares not being overtly political, despite the complicated situation in which his beloved country is. But beside being a man of parties, he is obviously a man of feelings (as his backcatalog of dabke love songs show). And homesickness is what has been troubling his heart and of the many Syrian refugees that were dislocated because of the conflicts.

And he writes a song about those feelings, about earning for peace and camaraderie among people and missing his home country and hits a home run harder than any other artist that directly tackled the Syrian issue on his/her work. "Chobi", the track I'm talking about, is the slow companion of "Mawal" at the last section of the record that ends it with the earnest wishes of bringing all together to try and fix hearts, closing a very welcome return to form of my favorite wedding singer.

By: Adrianovaz2007



A1 Ya Boul Habari
A2 Ya Bnayya
B1 Es Samra
B2 Aenta Lhabbeytak
C1 Khayen
C2 Mawal
D1 Chobi
CD1 Ya Boul Habari
CD2 Ya Bnayya
CD3 Es Samra
CD4 Aenta Lhabbeytak
CD5 Khayen
CD6 Mawal
CD7 Chobi
CD8 Tensana (Bonus Track)


Limited Edition, Peach Splatter
Because Records