Omar Souleyman is a badass in his new overblown video for ‘Warni Warni’ from his Four Tet-produced Wena Wena album out in early November (listen here). He hangs around various iconic American landmarks, maybe chilling on the Statue of Liberty or the Grand Canyon before taking to Paris to get his photo taken at the Eiffel Tower, pausing pensively on a stairs to be juxtaposed with eagles and cows. If you didn’t know any better you’d think Souleyman was a bit of a joke and if you’re not familiar with the Syrian sounds he’s making then yeah, it’s jarringly funny at first. But that’s because Souleyman is a global electronic musician and he uses a wider sound palette that most of us aren’t familiar with.
The Guardian had a good profile with him last week. He plays Button Factory on November 7th. His live show is the best fun around.