By Josh Sudman
Not only does music have the ability to shift with the times, it also characterizes, or takes a snapshot of the culture it was created in. Today, it isn't so much the idea of Progress that applies to music so much as the concept of diversification. The 21st century allows for a multitude of genres and subgenres, from atmospheric black metal to experimental ambient noise pop. As horizons expand, the cyclical nature of culture expresses itself through High-Top Chucks, Madonna Hair, and surfy, riff-based, stripped down garage rock among other things. Drawing on these classic sounds and doo-wop influences, Habibi’s sound bring about both modern and old in the most amazing way.
Habibi hail from Brooklyn and claim Middle Eastern influences as well as 60’s girl group harmonies. Performing at South by Southwest and the CMJ Festival in the past secured early success for the group, and their popularity only continues to grow. This in part is due to Habibi’s catchy but relevant themes, repetitive lyrics, and vocals that scream Fem-Rock (without actually screaming). Habibi’s songs are timeless yet modern, discussing sex, relationships, and feminine strength while still delivering in a 60’s proto-punk way. The heavy bass and slappy guitar riffs coincide with the melodies, making songs easy to sing along and hard to forget.
I always find myself personally attracted to bands within the surf-rock genre—maybe it’s growing up in California, maybe it’s the Tarantino films. Fitting in with music’s cycle and reversion back to the 50’s and 60’s garage sound, Habibi is both classic and modern, simple and complex. A walking, singing oxymoron in the best way, Habibi is a must listen. If for nothing else, do it for that funky bassline!
Listen to Habibi here: http://soundcloud.com/radiorahill
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