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Music / Indie, Rock / France, United States of America, Morocco

It was the deep love for oriental psychedelic pop from the 1960s and 70s that moved Thomas Bellier to bring Al-Qasar to life. After years in L.A.'s experimental rock scene, the Parisian by birth is ripe for a change, looking for new inspirations, and new horizons. A look to the East brings enlightenment: between crescent moon grooves, Arabian scales, hallucinogenic rock capers, and sun-tanned pop, Bellier finds his signature and gathers musicians from Paris, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and the USA around him in no time. The now 11-member collective calls this sound "Arabian Fuzz", which is inspired by Tinariwen and Altın Gün as well as Elias Rahbani, Erkin Koray, and Googoosh. Conceived and created transcultural, the debut album "Who Are We?" is a mirror of modern societies in which music or art in general always springs from an amalgam of the most diverse traditions - and grows and thrives from it. The fact that producer Alain Johannes (Queens Of The Stone Age, PJ Harvey) is also involved alongside Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) is proof enough of how hot Al-Qasar are already serving up. A supergroup on the starting block.


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