Bargou 08 frontman Nidhal Yahyaoui collected songs the area where he grew up in the north west of Tunisia, near the Algerian border. The inspiration for the direction of 2017 album Targ followed a vision Yahyaoui had of Moog synthesisers being found in the valley of the Bargou mountain region and what music could have been created on their discovery as a result. To make the album Yahyaoui brought a group of musicians, including album producer/arranger and Moog player Sofyann Ben Youssef, to his family home in the village of Bargou and created a makeshift studio, complete with rooms soundproofed with hay bales. This rural setting is captured to great effect on Targ, with the breathy and strained sound of wind instrument the gasba, combining with lute-like loutar and bendir drums, with Yahyaoui’s spirited vocals telling the old stories of the mountains. 'Roddih', streamed above, opens with a blast of traditional reed instrument, the zokra, and drums, with the sound filled out with the pulsing electronic bass pumping waves of contemporary sound into music with origins dating back hundreds of years. While Youssef’s synths add another dimension to the tracks it does not alter the arrangements, rather elevating the body of music and maximising floor filling potential, with deep bass, warped oscillations and additional pounding drums. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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