Elwan

The title means "elephants" in Tamashek and the term is used as a metaphor for militias and corporations that have trampled the fragile natural and human ecosystems of the desert. The album was partially recorded in Joshua Tree National Park (as was its predecessor Emmaar) with additional recording in Paris, France and M'hamed El Ghizlane, Morocco. The album includes guest appearances by Matt Sweeney, Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, and Alain Johannes. One reviewer called the album "devastatingly beautiful," and another described the album as "musing on the values of ancestry, unity and fellowship, driven by the infectiously hypnotic cyclical guitar grooves that wind like creepers around their poetic imagery." AllMusic named Elwan as one of the best albums of 2017.

SIDE A

A1. Tiwàyyen

A2. Sastanàqqàm

A3. Nizzagh Ijbal

A4. Hayati

 

SIDE B

B1. Ittus

B2. Ténéré Tàqqàl

B3. Imidiwàn n-àkall-in

B4. Talyat

 

SIDE C

C1. Assàwt

C2. Arhegh ad annàgh

C3. Nànnuflày

 

SIDE D
ETCHING

Epitaph Records