Back in 2018 TootArd performed at ALICE with the songs from “Laissez passers”. A record drawing heavily on inspirations from Arab psych and guitar infused desert blues. At the same time the record was a deep reflection on the stateless identity of the group, being from the occupied Golan Heights, where the inhabitants can’t own a passport but need to carry a specific document, “Laissez passers”, if they need to travel.
The inventive duo of brothers – Hasan and Rami Nakhleh – now return with an infectious re-imagining of their sound. Jammed full of pop hooks and quarter-tone melodic lines, “Migrant Birds” unleashes a disco whirlwind that pays homage to the Middle Eastern dancefloor scenes of the 80’s. Retro funky meets hi-sheen contemporary. But as the title indicates, their reflection on borders, migration and a utopian longing for a nomadic movement is still intact in the music.
We’re very much looking forward to bring them back to Copenhagen, where they will turn ALICE into a steaming Beirut night club with sweeping disco strings, quarter-tone pop and booming drum machines.
“The catchy pop hooks and machine beats layered with Arabic quarter-tone melodies evoke the hedonistic dance floors of Cairo or Beirut in the 1980s – although that’s only half the story. Underneath the frothy confection lie darker lyrics about exile and statelessness.” – Uncut