You probably dont know Hindi Zahra... yet. Once in a while someone whispers in your ear in that way, the way that your heart will remember. Hindi Zahra’s music has done that to me. And now, like an innocent game of telephone, I’m whispering it to you.
I first heard Hindi on Blundetto’s song “Voices”, and now her new record“Handmade” proves my premonitions true – this woman has something. Something special yet familiar. Influences from her Moroccan and French roots come through, and blend effortlessly with her own authenticity. Like most prolific new artists, you come to find that they’re not “new artists” at all. There’s a whole lifetime playing out right before our ears.
On this new record, Handmade, the lyrics and musicianship are both unpretentious and soulful, simple and deep. She can waltz around a rhythm and a melody like Billie Holiday, or saddle up and ride, strong and steady like Jenny Lewis.
But after reading my references, throw them out the window and wipe the slate clean. Let Hindi take your hand and lead you somewhere brand new… isn’t that why we love music in the first place?
By Jeremy Sole, KCRW DJ and Music Host
Handmade will be available to stream on demand from October 10 through November, 2011. The album will be released Tuesday October 11, 2011.