2019 Singles

Jamila & The Other Heroes – Aliens In My Bed (Review)

Released December 13th via Springstoff, “Aliens In My Bed” is the next single from international psychedelic funk-rock band Jamila & The Other Heroes. Taken off their upcoming album “Sit El Kon (The Grandmother of the Universe), which is set for release January 31st, the Berlin based outfit bring many influences from the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Hearing their main influences in their sound, their unusual music merges psychedelic rock with elements of funk and Arab folklore. 

On the track, lead vocalist Jamila Al-Yousef mentioned: “We had just performed at Fusion Festival, followed by a discussion about love in times of capitalism. Quite agitated about the ephemerality of love affairs, I created the melody and lyrics under a long post-festival-rush shower in the woods. I had to sing it to myself many times before going to sleep in order to not forget it, because I lost my phone in the festival and could not take a sound memory.

Luckily, I remembered everything the morning after and brought it to the band to build the whole arrangement including a Middle Eastern influenced Guitar Riff by Leon Sánchez. ‘Aliens In My Bed’ was recorded on a 16 track Otari tape machine at Big Snuff Studio Berlin, using analogue equipment only, such as the Telefunken Echomixer from the 60s for voice effects. Leon also wrote a speech in the perspective of the alien lovers from outer space, created through tape delay of a Lesley Box. The song is played in a solid rock style that had influenced our youth.”

Beginning with a Nirvana like fuzz, the guitar chugging through the verses gives the track a progressive feel to it’s psychedelic nature. Revelling in the world of art-rock, the track explores love in times of capitalism. A band that have been one of my favourites discoveries of 2019!

Score: 4/5

Website: https://www.jamilaandtheotherheroes.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamilaandtheotherheroes/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamilaHeroes
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamilaandtheotherheroes/

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