Vicar Street, Dublin
Sunday 5th March 2023
Tamino released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Sahar, via Djinn/Secretly Distribution.
Born from Tamino’s Antwerp apartment and bolstered by collaborators including Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, producer/engineer PJ Maertens and drummer Ruben Vanhoutte, Sahar is a powerhouse sophomore effort that mixes Arabic folk and experimental indie rock with sweeping orchestral arrangements. On Sahar Tamino rearticulates the Arabic oud, the instrument of his grandfather Muharram Fouad, one of Egypt’s most celebrated singers and actors, into more a ‘typical’ indie rock instrumentation. The way it pairs with his smoldering voice creates a sonic landscape which is lush, layered and haunting. Sahar is where the romanticism and tragedy of Jeff Buckley meets a cosmopolitan, universalist aesthetic sensibility – an effortless mingling of European, American and Middle Eastern influences.
“Hauntingly beautiful and sharp" - Esquire
“Astonishing” - NPR
“Emotionally-drenched ballads” - VMAN
“A magical elixir” - KCRW
"His new songs simmer like a tagine perfumed with exotic spice" - WFUV
“Captivating vocal range goes from dusky velvet ruminations to achingly soaring longing” - Big Takeover