‘Art is the Shortest Path’
On April 26, the French-Tunisian artist created a digital collage using a Zoom call featuring 49 people from across the world (including US musician Aloe Blacc, who performed during the call). El Seed sent each participant a part of the artwork to set as their background, then rearranged the pieces on his screen — adding callers as they joined — to create the final piece, based on a quote from André Malraux: “Art is the shortest path from one human being to another human being.” Prints of the artwork are now for sale, with the profits being shared between hospitals in France and Tunisia.
This is the first single from the Tunisian artist’s upcoming album “Demi Écrémé.” The track is based around a sample of vocals by Abdel Majid Mihoub, a master of traditional Tunisian ‘stambeli’ music — also used as a trance-healing method. Ghoula combines traditional instruments with electronic sounds to create a haunting earworm, which is accompanied by a fantastic animated video directed by Bert Vercruysse.
Dubai-based trio Vandalye released their new single, “Little Piggy,” (influenced by George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”) late April. It’s something of a departure from the guitar-led indie-folk sound that first gained the young band attention, with a focus on synths at the start, before a heavy climax dominated by distorted guitars. In a press release, band member Thomas McCone explained that the band had recently got out of a contract “which, over time, restricted us,” adding, “This time we really did something which we wanted.”
This 15-year-old Dubai-based singer-songwriter just released her debut single, a catchy pop song. According to the press release, the track “conveys a hypothetical heartfelt emotional turmoil” and contains hints of “trap, soul, RnB and pop.” The standout feature, though, is Amber’s impressive vocal ability.