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Algiers — Algiers

When we spent a day with Algiers earlier this fall, we were struck by the degree to which their jovial nature contrasted with the pain and darkness in their music. But it’s possible that the music, a soulful response to the oppression of global colonialism, is itself the catharsis that allows them to find joy amidst the sorrow. Algiers is a tight, focused sequence of songs that draws from gospel, noise, hip-hop, and industrial dance music. Lyrically, it’s a nuanced socio-political commentary on the colonial powers from which they came (the US) and where some now live (the UK). It’s confrontational, thoughtful, and gorgeous, and there’s already more in the can that we hope to hear in 2016.