Sinkane - 'Mean Love'

Former Yeasayer and Caribou collaborator refuses to be pigeonholed on boundary-exploring fourth album

  • Release Date 01 Sep, 2014
  • Record Label City Slang
8 / 10
Sudanese born Ahmed Gallab's fourth album as Sinkane plucks from several continents and decades, emerging as a triumphant mix of vintage soul perfection and modern experimentation. On 'New Name', African rhythms are a bedrock for cascading synths, punchy brass and soft vocals. The title track is a '60s croon, bittersweet and heavy with nostalgia. 'Galley Boys' takes that same sound and threads it with country guitar and electronic interference. The influence of Gallab's past excursions with Caribou and Yeasayer can be detected in his refusal to be entrenched in genre. Along with his collaborators (including David Byrne and Damon Albarn), he has neatly stitched a tapestry of musical cultures into a cohesive, convincing whole.

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