Imarhan's new EP, 'The Distance' is out today featuring Gruff Rhys.
Ahead of their first North American tour since 2018, Algerian Tuareg desert rock group Imarhan share new singles “The Distance” and “Tadalat,” available now on all digital services. “The Distance” features Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, and is a reinterpretation of “Tadalat,” a b-side off Imarhan’s critically adored Aboogi, released in January worldwide on City Slang.
Quote from Gruff Rhys on “The Distance”:
“The Distance” is my adaptation in English of Imarhan’s track “Tadalat.” We recorded it for fun at the end of a session, live at the band’s Aboogi studio in the desert. Sonically, I think it channels the desolation of the desert well—with very little common language beyond music, my interpretation was based more on feeling than an attempt at direct translation. “The distance is long—the longing is longer.”
Quote from Imarhan on “Tadalat”:
“Tadalat” is a simple love song. From as far as you are you will see the green, the monsoon arrives and you will dive into the waiting, here you are, here is the longing dive…