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Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib is a man of many colors, ideas and sounds.

On his 2011 debut Will The Guns Come Out, Hanni El Khatib tried something he'd never tried before -- making a bedroom-style recording of his then stripped-to-the-skeleton guitar-and-drums rock 'n’ roll.  For his 2013 follow-up Head In The Dirt, he showed up at producer Dan Auerbach's studio with only the clothes on his back and an open mind. That album Head in the Dirt won praises from the likes of Morrissey, Elton John and Dan Auerbach to name just a few.

In 2015 he’ll return with a new LP Moonlight.  In making Moonlight he sequestered himself at The Lair studio in Toronto for 30 day and sat down with live drummer Ron Marinelli and a selection of heavy friends to translate his best ideas to tape. As the album developed, Hanni found himself playing almost everything, switching from guitar to bass to synth to Mellotron-sometimes several times during the course of a song-and even sampling and re-editing Marinelli's beats. On "Mexico,” he’s event melted in his own field recording of a funeral procession, made on a trip through a tiny village in Mexico.

This has us all very excited about the album, which will drop on January 20, 2015 on Innovative Leisure. In the meantime freak the F out to the title track on the stream below. It’s mighty mighty dopetastic! Pre-Order the LP HERE

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