Boomkat Product Review:
In a handful of improvised albums circumnavigating the troubled waters of the contemporary Mediterranean - Greece, Turkey, Sicily and Lebanon Oiseaux-Tempetes has stretched its electric arc over musical genres and borders, imposing itself in a river of tours and releases within the hexagonal indie scene.
"Tarab (in literary arabic - euphoria, secular exaltation, ecstasy) is the result of live recordings captured during the Al-An! tour which led the group, after a preliminary residency at l'Autre Canal in Nancy, to cross Europe and into Canada, performing at the prestigious festival Le Guess Who? in Utrecht, opening for Suuns & Jerusalem In My Heart in Montreal and Toronto, through France then from Brussels to Berlin, and finally closing the loop at the Irtijal festival in Beirut.
A record, rooted in the soil, hypnotic in pulsation, Tarab is a meeting of the Parisian founding members and the Lebanese musicians Charbel Haber, Abed Kobeissy and Ali El Hout (aka Two Or The Dragon). The studio pieces are stretched, deconstructed and rearranged while new works from the road, poems 'Grasse Matinée' by Jacques Prévert and "Tuesday And The Weather Is Clear "by Mahmoud Darwish, find unique musical settings, weaved, twisted and reimagined.
It is in symbiosis, in the fever and visceral experimentation of the concert, that the musicians seek rapture. Arranged in a semicircle, they invoke the elements and attempt the catharsis, inviting the spectator to spiral with them, entwined in the sonic explosions, finding beauty and peace in the spaces of improvisation and elaboration. Marrying free-rock, organic electronics, traditional instruments and unbridled electricity, Tarab, far beyond the vibrant testimony, is a generous invitation to experience, to meditate and to share."