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Omar Souleyman announces new techno-infused album, To Syria, With Love

Syrian singer will also play select US dates next month

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    Omar Souleyman has announced a new album called To Syria, With Love. Following up on 2015’s Bahdeni Namithe new record is out June 2nd via Souleyman’s new label, Mad Decent.

    The Syrian singer’s third full-length overall, To Syria, With Love is said to be a musical departure for Souleyman. While dabke and baladi styles are still on display, there is also a new focus on “elaborate keyboards and techno elements” courtesy of arranger Hasan Alo.

    Lyrics on the record were co-written by Souleyman and his frequent collaborator Shawah Al Ahmad. The album is described as a “personal ode to [Souleyman’s] native country.” A press release says the songs avoid politics and simply express an “emotional connection to the land and people but not without heartache in view of the nation’s current state.”

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    Find the album art and tracklist below.

    To Syria, With Love Album Art:

    To Syria, With Love Tracklist:
    01. Ya Boul Habari
    02. Ya Bnayya
    03. Es Samra
    04. Aenta Lhabbeytak
    05. Khayen
    06. Mawal
    07. Chobi

    Souleyman has also announced a short run of May US tour dates in anticipation of the record drop. Find those dates below.

    Omar Souleyman 2017 Tour Dates:
    05/11 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
    05/12 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
    05/14 – Arcosanti, AZ @ Form Arcosanti
    05/15 – Santa Barbara, CA @ University Of California – Santa Barbara
    05/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
    05/18 – Durham, NC @ MoogFest
    05/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Living Traditions Festival
    05/24 – Lyon, FR @ La Sucriére
    05/26 – Lyon, FR @ La Sucriére
    05/31 – Dopenhagen, DE @ Distortion
    06/03-04 – London, UK @ Field Day Festival
    06/25 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
    07/21 – Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines
    08/16-19 – Kiewit, BE @ Pukkelpop

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    * = w/ The Black Lips

    Revisit Souleyman’s video for “Bahdeni Nami” produced by Four Tet:

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