After spending a couple of years between NYC and Cairo, 2017 saw Egyptian/American singer Charls Ava finally decide to settle in the city of her parents, a city that she saw as a perfect creative setting to work on an album about existential panic.
In April, she released "Machine," an experimental rock track about the fragility of the human body. Not long after, she is back with a new single and accompanying lyrical video.
Ava recorded "Idol" between NYC and Cairo, with the bass player recording remotely from LA. In Cairo, she added ney, and Mahmoud Amer on qanun. She recorded most of the vocals at home. It is a moody alternative rock track, the qanun and ney saturating it with heavy atmosphere. Ava's clear vocals cut through bright and clear, bringing to mind an Egyptian version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Listen and read along.
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