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Sinkane has taken a more confrontational approach to his latest album, Dépaysé. The album tells of the difficulties immigrants have under the Trump administration. Sinkane describes it as being loud and raw. Judging by lead single Everybody, he’s mixed soul power and North-African rock to create an emotive and powerful sound. LP and CD on City Slang.

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REVIEWS

Dépaysé by Sinkane
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8/10 Daoud Staff review, 13 June 2019

The music I listen to in this job is so rarely electrifying. The music of the Norman Records stock room turns to have a slightly slower burn to them but Dépaysé, the seventh album from Sinkane, doesn't have the time for that. Some albums are happy to ease you into them, Dépaysé kicks off from the off.

‘Everybody’ has my heart rate fluttering, my hands curling into fists of defiance, my feet tapping the floor to the beat. It’s hard not to get sweat up as Sinkane leads a back and forth with his backing vocalists of “everybody, means everybody”. And then the song fires into the stratosphere; horns and Prince-shredded guitars and choirs and oh my god I think I might be crying? And if that opening chant was too subtle for you it’s followed by something a manifesto: “We believe that everybody means everybody/It means you and me/Black, white, brown/He, she, gay all means we”.

Dépaysé is an album about finding euphoria in resistance, in collective action. It’s realistic but is fundamentally hopeful. And it’s that which makes it so listenable. I know a lot of people take issue with music being too political (whatever that means), but the music here is engaging enough that even those people might be able to look past it. The softly cooed singing on the widescreen blues of ‘Be Here Now’, the funk guitars on ‘On Being’. It’s just all really good.

But easily the best thing on the album is the interplay between Mr. Sinkane aka Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab and the album’s other singers. It draws you in and makes you believe anything is possible. I hope that feeling is right.


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Sinkane - Everybody (Offical Video) - YouTube



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