Omar Souleyman announces new techno-infused album, To Syria, With Love

Syrian singer will also play select US dates next month


    Omar Souleyman has announced a new album called To Syria, With Love. Following up on 2015’s Bahdeni Namithe new record is out June 2nd via Souleyman’s new label, Mad Decent.

    The Syrian singer’s third full-length overall, To Syria, With Love is said to be a musical departure for Souleyman. While dabke and baladi styles are still on display, there is also a new focus on “elaborate keyboards and techno elements” courtesy of arranger Hasan Alo.

    Lyrics on the record were co-written by Souleyman and his frequent collaborator Shawah Al Ahmad. The album is described as a “personal ode to [Souleyman’s] native country.” A press release says the songs avoid politics and simply express an “emotional connection to the land and people but not without heartache in view of the nation’s current state.”


    Find the album art and tracklist below.

    To Syria, With Love Album Art:

    To Syria, With Love Tracklist:
    01. Ya Boul Habari
    02. Ya Bnayya
    03. Es Samra
    04. Aenta Lhabbeytak
    05. Khayen
    06. Mawal
    07. Chobi

    Souleyman has also announced a short run of May US tour dates in anticipation of the record drop. Find those dates below.

    Omar Souleyman 2017 Tour Dates:
    05/11 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
    05/12 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
    05/14 – Arcosanti, AZ @ Form Arcosanti
    05/15 – Santa Barbara, CA @ University Of California – Santa Barbara
    05/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
    05/18 – Durham, NC @ MoogFest
    05/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Living Traditions Festival
    05/24 – Lyon, FR @ La Sucriére
    05/26 – Lyon, FR @ La Sucriére
    05/31 – Dopenhagen, DE @ Distortion
    06/03-04 – London, UK @ Field Day Festival
    06/25 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
    07/21 – Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines
    08/16-19 – Kiewit, BE @ Pukkelpop


    * = w/ The Black Lips

    Revisit Souleyman’s video for “Bahdeni Nami” produced by Four Tet: