From a sleepless night in Ibiza to the uncertainty of protest and lockdown in New York City, Bedouin embarked upon a seven year journey to complete their experiential, hypnotic debut album: Temple of Dreams (Human By Default). Through 15 tracks, 14 full songs, and one interlude – recorded on the L train – Bedouin (Tamer Malki and Rami Abousabe) have created a deep listening experience showcasing their talents as songwriters, lyricists and musicians.
Over the course of the pandemic, Abousabe and Malki spent a great deal of time finalizing existing material as well as composing, writing, singing and collaborating with diverse talent on new originals. Temple of Dreams is the culmination of these sessions, capturing the distinctive sound of the versatile, forward-thinking group who draws upon their Middle Eastern heritage, Western upbringing and worldly travels to connect with fans around the globe. “Temple of Dreams is an experiment that pushes boundaries and genres and lies between what we play live and what we’re capable of writing and producing,” said Malki. “We wanted to exceed expectations and present something completely new and sonically unexpected. This is not a collection of cuts; Temple of Dreams is a deep listening experience – a journey as winding and unpredictable as the last seven years.”
The American-based DJ and music production duo have spent the better part of a decade fine-tuning their sound, masterfully blending their broad sonic vision and diverse influences. The musicians, singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists have pioneered genre transcending, timeless productions that have been featured on some of the world’s most notable labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, All Day I Dream, and recently their own imprint – Human By Default. Temple of Dreams signals yet another evolution in Malki and Abousabe’s artistic development and enigmatic sound.
Track Highlights Every song on Temple of Dreams is composed, produced and sung by Bedouin along with collaborators on several tracks. All lyrics – with the exception of those on three tracks, “Tijuana” which uses the original lyrics by J.J. Cale; “Hokema” featuring the original lyrics by Sima Bina; and “Flore” with lyrics from the Cecilia song “Un Ramito De Violetas.” – were written by the duo.
Temple of Dreams begins with the enchanting, ethereal sounds and grooves of “Rise and Fall” followed by “Coldman” and its Eastern string sounds featuring seductive vocals by Nathan Daisy. Next is “Voices in My Head,” with darkly alluring vocals that bends genres with subtle nods to early 2000s hip hop. The global journey continues with the waves of “Wash Away” inspired by the rhythms of Tulum; “Crazy” featuring the raspy vocals of Armenian Singer Iveta Mukuchyan; the haunting “Hokema” performed by Iranian opera singer Delaram singing in Farsi; and the soulful “Flore” alluring Spanish vocals by Chico Castillo of the legendary Gypsy Kings.Other highlights include “Enjoy the Rain,” which starts with gentle acoustic guitar chords before a swell of percussion wraps vocals by Nathan Daisy; “Aliens” and “Love and Hate” which are dynamic, punchy house tracks; and “Fill the Space,” a mix of melodic magic, authentic instrumentation and rolling grooves.
Temple of Dreams marks the highly-anticipated apex of Bedouin’s prolific career and artistic portfolio to date. Followed by a slew of original releases, 2020 marked the launch of their record label, Human By Default with their Whistleman EP, and in 2022 Bedouin recorded a groundbreaking Cercle set, filmed in Petra, Jordan. In addition to calling Burning Man home since 2012, in 2017 the duo debuted their award-winning weekly Ibiza residency and event concept SAGA, which quickly cemented itself as one of the island’s most sought-after weekly parties.
On Wednesday, May 24, Bedouin will kick off the 2023 season of this immersive and transportive musical experience at Pacha, which features a massive lineup of world-class DJ talent in a visually mesmerizing backdrop.
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