Yemeni-German Duo Kabreet Revel in Nostalgia in Latest Track ‘Atari’
The last and final track of their ‘Masafat’ EP compiles Oriental tropes with old Nintendo and Atari gaming to the backdrop of a soft-synth sound.
The brainchild of Yemeni visual artist, Ibi Ibrahim, and German music journalist, Hanno Stetcher, Kabreet have, in recent times, made a name for themselves for fusion of Arabic lyrics and gentle, synth-heavy indie pop.
The last we heard from the duo was in November 2020, with the release of ‘Film Faransi’, a despondent, soft synth-pop tune, deeply entrenched in nostalgia and homesickness, taken from their EP, Masafat. The latest release from the album, ‘Atari’, offers a departure from melancholy, while still holding on to those nostalgic vibes that permeate the EP as a whole.The light and airy love song comes as an ode to the 16-bit video gaming of the eighties and early nineties. The video for ‘Atari’ ironically compiles Oriental tropes with elements of old Nintendo and Atarti gaming to create a new narrative. It is the follow-up-video to ‘Film Faransi’ by director Hala Alsalman starring Iraqi actress Zahraa Gandour from October and ‘Ana Mashi’ shot by Berlin based Artist Dana Engfer released in May, 2020 - and the three have ultimately been compiled in an audiovisual trilogy. What ties the three of them? They all address questions of longing and belonging in a period of time where the idea of distance manifests itself into new shapes and forms. As a duo who has always been constrained by geographic limitation - Ibi working from New York and Hanno from Berlin - the idea of distance is a vital aspect of their work, exacerbated by the widespread lockdowns brought on by the pandemic. Check out the whole EP below.
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