|2.||"Belles Reines" (4:58)|
Niger-based combo Tal National has previously impressed with a pair of esoteric albums on Fat Cat. Tantabara, their latest album, is also impressive, featuring as it does a unique fusion of high-octane, Juju style guitar motifs, fuzzy psychedelic rock influences, wild but ear-pleasing synthesizer lines, subtle nods towards funk and soul and an extra-healthy dose of life-affirming vocals (delivered, according to the band's own website, by eight different singers, seven of which are full-time members of the band). It's hard to accurately describe, but utterly joyous and hugely entertaining - the sort of set that can lift your mood as soon as the needle hits the groove.
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