Yallah Bye is a new (electro) side-project by the band !

 

About 

"Tunisian singer-songwriter Jawhar, known for his critically acclaimed album Qibla Wa Qobla, surprises us with yet an entirely new project: hypnotic, psychedelic and avant-garde electro-chaâbi music with a twist: Yallah Bye!"

 

The story

I had lots of themes and stories in mind which I had imagined for a very different project than « Jawhar ». In a way I didn’t want to define in advance what would be the differences but I decided that these themes I had in mind would speak for themselves, and that the spirit of the project would make me « act » the songs more than sing them… I started recording some stuff by myself, but I felt the need to collaborate with a beatmaker, someone who’s more into electro and machines than I am because I felt it would be nice to combine the roughness of the material I had with some « machinery »… I made some essays with 2 or 3 people and that’s where I realized that Louis, Jawhar’s drummer, was a hell of a fine and subtle beatmaker… When Nicolas from Balkan Trafik proposed that we make a collaboration with Monika Miczura Mitsou for the 2016 anniversary edition, although we were in the midst of preparing a Jawhar new album, well we decided to put the vessel in motion with nearly the same crew…

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« Le chanteur-compositeur belgo-tunisien Jawhar, connu pour ses mélopées à la Nick Drake s’extirpe de ses draps de coton folk-rock pour embarquer dans un navire hypnotique et psychédélique nommé Yallah Bye. Cap sur l’électro-chaâbi avec en guise de fidèle coéquipier Louis Evrard (batteur de Jawhar) aux machines. Loin des chansons d’amour tunisiennes, Yallah Bye explore le langage de la rue, la poésie populaire, les histoires trop crues pour qu’on les chante. Et pourtant!

Le groupe explore, s’amuse, joue avec les codes, les sons et les frontières. Yallah Bye est-il un laboratoire voué à n’exister qu’en live? En tous cas, aucun enregistrement n'est prévu pour le moment. Le projet serait donc une épopée sans autre but que celui de voyager et de faire voyager, un périple entre musique populaire et expérimentation contemporaine. » Camille Loiseau