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Hanni El Khatib Shares New Visualizer For His Album ‘Savage Times’

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Hanni El Khatib at the Teragram ballroom

 

When I listened to Hanni El Khatib’s new album, ‘Savage Times’ a few weeks ago, I immediately knew I had to write a review, and I did here… but I am still listening to the album.

Whatever the platform you choose, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp…., there is even another way to listen to the full album since yesterday: A new visualizer on Youtube, an hour-long video playing the entire album with darkly psychedelic and distorted images to go with Hanni El Khatib’s eclectic collection of bluesy garage rock, rap-infused dance disco and beyond.

In 2016, Hanni released 5 EPs, a very prolific effort culminating with Savage Times, an LP featuring no less than 19 tracks as diverse as the liberating punk rock bullet ‘Baby’s Ok’, or the sweaty dance-floor ‘Paralyzed’, or the fear-fueled raging ‘Born Brown’. In an hour, you have a full trip into Hanni’s personal experience, from his childhood in America as the son of a Palestinian father and a Filipino mother (‘Born Brown’) to the violent attack at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris that affected his whole recording of ‘Savage Times’.

Hanni was effectively booked to headline a Paris show ‘with a special one-shot supergroup including drummer Alex Sowinski of BadBadNotGood, bassist Jonny Bell of Crystal Antlers and Dam-Funk collaborator and solo synthesizer wizard Computer Jay’, but this got obviously canceled due but the terrorist attack. A new state of mind inspired him to write, record, repeat, and what was initially not intended to be an album but just a series of singles, eventually became one, and a truly excellent one. We are only in March, but I would not be surprised if the album would make a few best of lists at the end of the year.

Recently, ‘Savage Times’ was even featured on Elton John’s Beats 1 show, ‘When I first heard Head In The Dirt I listened to it from start to finish,’ said the rock legend in an interview, ‘and that was the first time I listened to an album from start to finish since Marshall Mathers by Eminem. I was rocking out in the car and going, ‘Oh my god this guy is the best.’ I want you to know that your music inspires me.’

How could you resist when the Rocket Man himself gives such an approval? You should not resit , stream ‘Savage Times’ below with this new visual, and you will probably rewind the video a few times.

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