World music has been steadily working its way into indie-rock lately, and here Kuwaiti singer/songwriter +Aziz and his New Orleans-based band meshes cultures from a highly analytical standpoint, often telling stories from Aziz’s native land.
Musically, the band touch primarily on rock, funk, and reggae, and +Aziz sings in both Arabic and English. The Arabic tunes are extremely cultured, where horns, Latin sounds, and rhythm and groove that make each one unique.
While there are hints of post-punk guitar influence, much of this portion of the album contains a gypsy punk energy with ska sounds that could soundtrack a street party.
The English tracks are just as eclectic, even bringing in synth and plenty of thoughtful, multi-faceted rock that’s a little more subdued and relies much on horns and a sophisticated, warm atmosphere. A fine record here, and looking forward to Chapter 2.