Support: Caged Animals
GA standing room. All ages.
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Ever since the release of her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan's personal, modern take on Arabic pop has been getting tremendous attention in Europe and America, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East (where she's enjoyed iconic stature since the days of Soapkills, the duet she had founded in Beirut, which was one of the first indie/electronic bands in the Middle East).
While Yasmine's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music.
Her unique vision is fully realised in her second solo album "Al Jamilat" ("The Beautiful Ones"), which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith and Leo Abrahams, and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
Brooklyn’s Caged Animals are an indie-pop quintet led by singer-songwriter Vincent Cacchione and featuring Magali Charron, Talya Cacchione, Patrick Curry, and Dane Zarra. Described by The New Yorker as a “hip-hop influenced Velvet Underground” and The Guardian as the perfect band to re-soundtrack Blue Velvet, Caged Animals defend the line between the timeless and cutting edge, while remaining direct, soulful, and uniquely unguarded.
On their new album, Escape Artist, Caged Animals have created a record reincarnated from a series of spiritually trying events. On a go-for-broke US tour, the band’s van was robbed, and the only copy of the album’s original recordings vanished. Only days before, Vin had learned his wife was pregnant with their first child and days later he would turn 30, entering a new phase of adulthood, flat-broke, and without his band’s new music.
Vin turned 30 onstage at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. Playing music in front of their friends, family, and fans, he and the rest of Caged Animals summoned the courage to prevail. They might be on a losing streak, but they would not lose their souls in the process. The music began and new wounds began to fuse. At home, Cacchione got back to work with a passionate fervor. New songs flowed and a much stronger concept began to emerge.
Nine months later, Cacchione was a father twice over, and viewed his prior twist of bad luck as a blessing in disguise. With his daughter Alaska in their railroad apartment, Vin, his wife Magali, and the rest of Caged Animals set out to record Escape Artist with as much grandeur as the home-studio could hold. Alaska proved a faithful supporter, smiling joyously, and silently encouraging her parent’s music as it weaved it’s way to a brand new, used laptop.
Escape Artists’ 13 songs are built from these events, but draw musically from the character-driven narratives of Folk Music and the sonic exploration of contemporary Indie. The result is artful, adult pop music that is both vulnerable and sonically detailed. Its frame is timeless but its exterior is colorful and modern.
Lead single “Wildflowers” has already created a stir on streaming services and has been featured in the cult-classic radio drama Welcome To Night Vale, while its’ follow up “These Dark Times” is currently serving as the theme song to Webby-Award winning podcast Conversations With People Who Hate Me.
The album features the bands original lineup but benefits from the addition of avant-alto-saxophonist Chris Aiello (WFMU’s Prove It All Night), a ghostly, singing saw appearance by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel), beautiful choir direction by Andrew Hoepfner (Houseworld), and the haunting pedal steel of Jon “Catfish” DeLorme (Psychic Ills).