Brooklyn's HABIBI (Burger Records) are venturing into the unknown. While their self-titled debut combined "the Colgate-white glisten of sixties-girl-group pop with an uncensored edge" (-The New Yorker), their sophomore album ‘Anywhere but Here’ responds to a current global climate of unease, weaving colorful 60s refrains with moodier, more expansive sonic textures and Middle Eastern touches that celebrate lead singer Rahill's Iranian heritage. Recorded in the XL Recordings studios with producer Alex Epton, with the ability to experiment with instruments like the ney flute, the sitar and tombak percussions that continue to tell the story of their history and heritage, the album culminates in Habibi’s most studied and mature record to date. Their celebration of female friendship through trying times of doubt and uncertainty, and trust in their process, come through the deliberate structures, warm synchronization of guitars, and lyricisms that echo throughout. The songs that make up ‘Anywhere but Here’ pose honest perspectives on navigating a place that can feel more unfamiliar by the day, and finding the universal truths that ground us and challenge who we are.
RUDY DE ANDA's debut album was described by L.A. Weekly as "filled with inventive guitar hooks and rollicking rhythms, 'Delay' recalls the far-out psych-rock excursions of Connan Mockasin, but roots them in a laid-back, surf-pop vibe that is pure Southern California." There is a tidal wave of cross-cultural expression washing inland out of Long Beach and Rudy De Anda is at the forefront of this genre-bending, sonic re-definition of the musical melting pot. “Rudy weaves throaty guitar harmony within swirling rhythmic currents. Vocals have sunshine to spare, but there is always the threat of silvery storm clouds looming.” - WFUV
With Eureka's CLEAN GIRL & THE DIRTY DISHES (members of Monster Women). EARLY SHOW!