Psychedelic rock can “go hard”, but not necessarily. Frankly, I have never associated the genre with a “harsh” sound, but in rock n’ roll this term is encompassing of the brazen guitar melodies and abrasive atmosphere this genre incurs. Hanni El Khatib matches the abstract ideas and sonics of psychedelic rock with the force and fearlessness of hard rock in Savage Times.
Khatib’s voice sounds like a man trying to put a cap on an overflowing bottle of emotion. He drips over his synths and instrumentals like a spilling burst of sentiment. You want to hear the chaos brewing in him in songs like “Born Brown”, “Paralyzed”, and “Hold Me Back”. Yet, you do not want to hear to gloat, but because you sentimentally understand. Khatib makes his lyrical demons relevant and relatable, which is why even in his most “savage times” you hope he meets his or an angel, even if its at “1AM” or to “freak freely”. Still, none of his emotionality would be as potent or poignant if not for the sonics backing him. Khatib draws from jazz, funk, R&B, and soul like they are spices he pours into his sonic soup. As he swirls his ingredients together, you smell and even see the flavors he used to brew this delicous meal. Moreover, “swirl” is a good term describe how these sounds surround the listeners. You cannot help but feel in songs like “Miracle” and “Peep Show” as if you have fallen into a whirlpool of rhythms that go around you; tempting you to catch one. For More Information On Hanni El Khatib And To Buy Savage Times On February 17 Click Here.