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The 21-year-old musician Tamino has written and shaped an album of startling, visceral, sit-up-and-listen power. Although the majority of the playing heard on Amir is Tamino himself, he is also joined by a collective of Arabic musicians based in Brussels called “Nagham Zikrayat.” Amir includes a handful of tracks from Tamino’s debut EP Habibi, including “Indigo Night,” featuring Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood on bass guitar. The Firka (orchestra) is predominantly made up of professional musicians from the Middle East, most of which have refugee status having predominantly fled from Iraq and Syria.
Over the course of Amir, Tamino captures a range of emotions from romance to desolation and almost everything in between. It’s mood music, painted in a number of different shades.