Tunisian experimental artist Emel Mathlouthi has announced her forthcoming album Everywhere We Looked Was Burning, which arrives September 27 via Partisan Records. Ahead of the new record, Mathlouthi has shared her new single “Rescuer” along with an Alessandra Leone-directed visual. Watch it below, and scroll down for the album art and tracklist.
Of the new song, Mathlouthi said in a press release:
The world needs rescuing, right? We need to rescue our senses because they’ve been hurt. They keep us from being completely evil. They let us awaken by poetry and art. They connect us to each other and make sense of our purpose. This song is like dawn where you can start seeing the first rays of light. It’s a moment to revive power.
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is the follow-up to Mathlouthi’s sophomore album Ensen, which came out in 2017. Back in March, Mathlouthi shared “Footsteps,” the lead single from her new LP.
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning was recorded in the Catskill Mountains, London, and France. It was co-produced by Steve Moore (Zombi) and Ryan Seaton, and was mixed by Chris Tabron (Beyoncé, Common, the Strokes) and Marta Salogni (the xx, Björk, Frank Ocean). The origins of the album took root in Woodstock, where Mathlouthi rented a house to “write about nature as well as the beauty and struggle of these times.”
Read Pitchfork’s Rising interview “Why the World Needs Emel Mathlouthi’s Anthems Against the Dictatorship Machine.”
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning:
04 Wakers of the Wind
06 This Place
07 A Quiet Home
08 Ana Wayek
09 Does Anybody Sleep
10 Everywhere We Looked Was Burning