With one of Niger’s most popular bands going global in 2013 after Fat Cat released their excellent Kaani, Tal National look to grow their globalising fan base with their third LP Tantabara. It’s another whirlwind mix of Desert Blues, West African funk and polyrhythmic rock that is sure to soundtrack parties in ever-further-flung corners of the world.
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Their LP gorgeously housed in the year’s loveliest artwork, Niamey’s great rock band Tal National return for another bout of frenetic, pulsating tunes. If you heard them do it on ‘Zoy Zoy’, all I have to say is, you know, why not again? This stuff is fast and fantastic, but we all knew that, the guitars tumbling around drums like someone running down a steep slope on the periphery between poise and collapse. Here I’m describing the record’s fantastic opener “Tantabara”, where the band do call-and-response on nearly everything -- vocal duties are shared in long, seamless soliloquies, while the backing rhythm section creates a perpetual, never-stopped race to the finish.
Tal National’s hooks are infectiously synced: the way instruments trace each other on “Entente” is indelible, a super-fast mirror image of guitars, bass with interloping riffs that might remind listeners of their favourite prog rock record. They are so damn fast on this one, trading out verses that feel like they’re wheeling by with no breaks for sudden segues into a different, even sturdier hook. Listen to Tal National and fail to dance at their amazing pace.
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