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Emel

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Balancing eloquent songcraft, sparse instrumentation, and the voices of the woods, wind, sea, and flames, Tunisia-born and New York-based singer Emel Mathlouthi aligns nature and music on her third full-length album, 'Everywhere We Looked Was Burning.' Emel quietly attained the confidence to do so throughout her journey. She offset an oppressive upbringing in the North African country of Tunisia by turning to music. She went from performing in a high school heavy metal band to composing protest songs that spurned a fervent social media following for her artful amalgam of heartfelt melodies and off-kilter electronic production. Among those, “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” generated millions of views throughout the 2011 Tunisian Revolution.The song served as the anthem for the Arab Spring, gave its name to her debut album Kelmti Horra, and took her to the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert where she performed it to thunderous applause.

2017’s Ensen illuminated her creative strides as produced with Valgeir Sigurðsson (SigurRos) and Johannes Berglund (The Knife, Shout Out Louds, Ane Brun). Along the way, Pitchfork declared, “The world needs Emel Mathlouthi’s anthems against the dictatorship machine,” and NPR christened her, “The 21st century’s catalyst for change.”

She continues to challenge music and perspectives on Everywhere We Looked Was Burning. Impacted by settling in New York with her family and collections of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, T.S.Elliot, and John Ashbury, she chose to sing the majority of the album in English for the first time. Crafting the framework of the album sequestered Upstate, she worked with producers Steve Moore [Zombi] and Ryan Seaton as well as regular collaborators Ash Koosha in London, Karim Attoumane and Amine Metani in France as the music crystallized throughout 2018 and 2019. Now, it roars to live on the 2019 single and opener “Rescuer” highlighted by ambient guitar, wind samples, and her bold battle-cry.

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InsanityPlay

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Tour

28 Sep 2019

3S Artspace

Portsmouth, United States

29 Sep 2019

Théâtre Rialto

Montréal, Canada

30 Sep 2019

The Baby G

Toronto, Canada

01 Oct 2019

Deluxx Fluxx

Detroit, United States

02 Oct 2019

Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago, United States

03 Oct 2019

Icehouse

Minneapolis, United States

14 Oct 2019

(Le) Poisson Rouge

New York, United States

23 Oct 2019

Salam Orient Festival

Vienna, Austria

24 Oct 2019

Jazzclub Tonne

Dresden, Germany

25 Oct 2019

Frannz-Club

Berlin, Germany

26 Oct 2019

Kampnagel

Hamburg, Germany

29 Oct 2019

Café de la Danse

Paris, France

01 Nov 2019

Melkweg

Amsterdam, Netherlands

02 Nov 2019

Crossing Border Festival

Den Haag, Netherlands

03 Nov 2019

Le Botanique

Bruxelles, Belgium

05 Nov 2019

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

London, United Kingdom

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