Algerian 5-piece Imarhan, meaning ‘the ones I care about’, started out around 2008 as a loose collection of friends who began to play together. Their sound reflects their cultural and generational background; dry guitar riffs, pop melodies and pan-African rhythms which draw on traditional Tuareg music, African ballads and the modern pop rock the band heard growing up.
Their second full length, Temet, sees them sharing a more colourful arsenal of sounds and leaving their desert-blues origins on the periphery. Opening track and lead single is a stand out “Azzaman” featuring funk and even a hint of Italo disco. These are songs which promise a breathless live show, and we know because we’ve seen it. Welcome back Imarhan.