WATCH/LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE “WAKERS OF THE WIND” HERE
NEW ALBUM EVERYWHERE WE LOOKED WAS BURNING, OUT 27 SEPTEMBER VIA PARTISAN
EU & UK TOUR IN OCTOBER
“On her first English- language music, the Tunisian protest singer wields her commanding, gothic voice over grave beats and starkly forbidding strings, creating an atmosphere of suspense and peril.” – The Guardian
Tunisian-born/New York-based experimental singer Emel Mathlouthi today releases her new single and video “Wakers of the Wind” taken off her upcoming new album Everywhere We Looked Was Burning, out September 27 via Partisan Records
Directed by Emel herself, the video features behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album, melded with epic, lyrical shots framed as tributes to nature, to truth and to the act of creation. ”’Wakers of the Wind’ is a personal quest for freedom, an escape from stereotypes and doubts. It is a stance against the many forces seeking to reduce as individuals, society and planet to anything less than what we are. It is a call to live our own truths and be woke as the wind to the journeys of others,” explains Emel on the inspiration behind the song.
Watch/listen to “Wakers of the Wind” HERE
“Wakers of the Wind” is the third single to be taken from the album following the release of “Rescuer” and “Footsteps”. For the first time, Emel sings almost entirely in English after previously only recording a handful of tracks in the language. The choice was informed by settling in New York with her family, discovering the “essential imagery” of poets Rainer Maria Rilke, T.S. Elliot, and John Ashbury, and “thinking back to how music in English was so important to me growing up.” She initially rented a house in Woodstock, NY and set off to “write about nature as well as the beauty and struggle of these times.”
While Upstate, she ventured into the world around her and spent hours recording the woods, wind, water, and fire. In the studio, she matched this earthly choir with homemade synths, keys and percussions. With a general framework in place, she joined producers Steve Moore [Zombi] and Ryan Seaton in the Catskill Mountains to record. Sessions followed with regular collaborators Ash Koosha in London, Karim Attoumane and Amine Metani in France as the music crystallized throughout 2018 and 2019. Chris Tabron (Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, The Strokes) and Marta Salogni (Björk, M.I.A., Liars) were brought in to mix.
Emel’s last album Ensen in 2017 was produced with Valgeir Sigurðson (Sigur Ros, Feist, Bjork), and earned profiles with NPR Music, Pitchfork, The Fader, The Guardian, Brooklyn Magazine, Nowness, WNYC + lots more. She was also recently featured in NPR Music’s ’200 Best Songs By 21st Century Women‘ feature.
Emel rose to fame after a video of her performing her song “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” generated millions of views throughout the 2011 Tunisian Revolution. That song served as the anthem for the Arab Spring, gave its name to her debut album ‘Kelmti Horra’, and took her to the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert where she performed it to thunderous applause.
UK / EU Tour dates:
23.10.2019 Vienna (AT), Salam Orient Festival
24.10.2019 Dresden (DE), Jazzclub Tonne
25.10.2019 Berlin (DE), Frannz Club
26.10.2019 Hamburg (DE), Kampnagel
29.10.2019 Paris (FR), Cafe de La Danse
01.11.2019 Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg
02.11.2019 Den Haag (NL), Crossing Border Festival
03.11.2019 Brussels (BE), Botanique
05.11.2019 London (UK), Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen