Carried by his powerful and saturated voice, the tracks follow each other in an explosion of musical references between ”Haunted George” morbid punk and the old school rhythmic of The Modern Lovers. Moments to breathe, necessary in an album of such density, broaden the field on more aerial titles such as the groovy Paralyse, which is like an electro funk anthem pumping with crazy energy. “I recorded all these tracks in a pretty anarchic and instinctive manner. As soon as a song was ready, I would make it public straight away hence the ‘mixtape’ vibe to the album. Musically it goes in every direction with a million musical references, but the overriding theme of identity gives it a sort of cohesion,” he explains.
“An explosion of musical references from Haunted George morbid punk to the old school rhythmic of The Modern Lovers and radiant electro.”
A mastered opus for sure, but whose creation was born from instinct. The texts are like short impactful punchlines sometimes resonating like veritable screams. “The texts came about very spontaneously, almost in spite of myself. Normally I take the time to write but here I went into studio with an idea or a feeling, and I wrote the words down in an almost unconscious way.” he tells us. Between a call for freedom and the portrait of a man as a wild beast, there is no appeal for Hani’s sentence, man is clearly a wolf to man. But when it comes to the music, the artist with his gravelly intoxicating voice has never bared his fangs as much.
Hanni El Khatib’s new album "Savage Times" (Innovative Leisure/Because).
With the release of the album, Hanni El Khatib also launches an HEK x HUF capsule collection available from April 6th in HUF outlets.