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

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.”

Find the album art and tracklist below.

To Syria, With Love Album Art:

omar souleyman to syria with love 3000x3000 300dpi Omar Souleyman announces new techno infused album, To Syria, With Love

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

* = w/ The Black Lips

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

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