Tamino slays a cover of Tame Impala's Let It Happen, with live EP out now
The Belgian-based musician strives on his new live EP Live At Ancienne Belgique, out now.
If you're yet to be acquainted, Tamino is becoming an increasingly powerful name within the international music circuit who, over the last few years, has been drawing closer to an international break-out. The Belgian-based, Lebanese/Egyptian musician is an act that finds himself accessible to international listeners without having to water down his sound and become inauthentic, taking mannerisms and techniques unique to his culture and his experiences with relationship with music growing up, and twisting them in his own signature way, delivered with a notable delivery that has seen him remain one of Europe's most consistent strivers.
He has a voice that stops you in your tracks, something spotlighted on his 2017 debut EP Tamino and again on his 2018 debut album Amir, drawing comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Radiohead's Thom Yorke as his striking falsetto swirls around intricate instrumentals that are as complex as they are unique and different to everything else; this uniqueness perhaps being a reason why he's been so well-received in his quick and accomplishment-packed rise. "Tamino’s music draws on the old-world romance of his grandfather’s music, but also embodies the genre-less quality of much modern pop," said The Independent in an interview with the musician before his debut album release, and they've summed it up quite nicely - it's familiar, but left-field and something unexpected; drawing you closer with every listen until he becomes unavoidable.
Last week saw the arrival of a new live EP Live At Ancienne Belgique, which showcases how Tamino transforms his captivating vocal and orchestral swells into the live setting, using four tracks to encourage you to dive in further. Recorded in Belgium and arriving ahead of a longer tour to come, the EP covers a lot of ground. There's old songs, new songs and even a cover of the late Chris Cornell; which Tamino says is one of the live show's most impactful and personal moments. "The first of the three nights, I tried out a Chris Cornell cover (Seasons) in the encore. It’s a beautiful song that meant a lot for me when I was a teenager (and it still does). I hope I did the song and its writer justice," he says, before continuing to talk about the show in a more general sense. "These shows meant a lot to me. We’d been touring non-stop, and it felt wonderful to be back in our home country playing three shows in one of the most beautiful venues of Belgium. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to present my debut album, and am grateful for everyone who was there."
If the above impressed you, or if you're not too sure where to go from here when it comes to diving into his discography, give a cover of Tame Impala's beautiful Let It Happen a chance. It sees Tamino encapture the swirling beauty of the original and execute it flawlessly, mixing the track's well-known sway with his own signature touch which we've fallen in love with just as much as the original. There are no doubts that there's a Tame Impala tour to come with a new album soon under their belt; here's hoping that the slim chance that Tamino's incredible live show may be able to support.
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