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Habibi  – S/T [DELUXE EDITION, RED VINYL w/ yellow 4-song 7"] – New LP
Habibi  – S/T [DELUXE EDITION, RED VINYL w/ yellow 4-song 7"] – New LP
Habibi  – S/T [DELUXE EDITION, RED VINYL w/ yellow 4-song 7"] – New LP
Kill Rock Stars Records

Habibi – S/T [DELUXE EDITION, RED VINYL w/ yellow 4-song 7"] – New LP

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Deluxe reissue of 2014 debut album.  Remastered from the original audio.  includes a bonus 7" of the long out-of-print 4 song "Cardamom Garden" EP. 



"A cursory listen to Habibi's self-titled debut album would initially seem to suggest a straightforward punk approach to the classic girl group template. Front-loaded with sweetly catchy upbeat pop tracks like "I Got the Moves" and "Detroit Baby," Habibi's indie shimmy rhythms and reverb-heavy harmonies find the middle ground between the Shangri-Las and the Undertones in the same way the Vivian Girls did on their earliest work. The guitar lines are direct and no-frills, drummer Karen Isabel manages to play in a way that is equally powerful and understated, and the vocals are distant and eerie, whether delivered in a frantic rush solely by lead singer Rahill Jamalifard, as on spiky garage tracks like "Persepolis," or in a dreamy cloud of harmony by multiple band members. Getting past the first few easily digestible girl group pop hits, it becomes clear that the true strength of Habibi lies in just how strange and haunted the songs can get. There's a spooky desperation in the slinky after-hours club narrative of "Let Me In" and a simmering anxiety lurking beneath what first appears to be a carefree tale of summer seduction on "Siin." Habibi tap into the very specific energy of a young band putting together its earliest songs, free from the self-consciousness and rules that can creep in and dull groups down once they become more established. Instead, the 11 songs that make up this perfectly brief album feel fresh and spirited even in their moments of occasional awkwardness or disjointedness. Far from naive but also completely lacking any of the jaded calculation of many of their peers, Habibi's debut offers up a set of songs that swim in strangeness, beauty, and discovery and are every bit as infectious as they are refreshing." -- Fred Thomas

 

 

 

Great set of girl-group garage pop, the vocals and harmonies a big part of the sound, but the rhythm section and guitars perhaps even a bigger parts, garage dream pop spiced with plenty of surf and exotica. 




Brooklyn-based indie quintet Habibi were formed in the spring of 2011 by Detroit expatriates Rahill Jamalifard and Lenaya Lynch, tapping into their Motown roots of simple but infectious pop melodies delivered with punkish attitude. Jamalifard took lead vocal duties and Lynch played guitar and sang, and the lineup was rounded out by drummer Karen Isabel and bassist Erin Campbell. The band played often around the New York City area, eventually releasing several tracks in the form of 7" singles and online streams. They participated in the South by Southwest festival as well as tours with lacts like King Tuff, and by 2014 they released a self-titled debut album of their dreamy-eyed and dancey pop. In 2015, they joined forces with La Luz to release a split single, and a four-song EP, Cardamom Garden, arrived in 2018.

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