Press

Some of what was said about Zoy Zoy:

“The music is colorful and bright and dizzying. It recalls the energy and wall-of-sound quality of Konono No 1, except more frenzied and texturally varied… Tal National’s ability to weave together all these thematic and musical elements with unflagging speed and energy is breathtaking.”Pitchfork

“the band combines rapid-fire guitars and hypnotic percussion over rolling 12/8 rhythms… The tracks might be faster and lighter in texture than desert blues, but they are no less intense.”  – Rhythms

“They are the living embodiment of dizzying swing, masters of tempo control, with a combustible energy that must be electrifying live. Irrepressible in the face of Islamist denouncements of secular music, Tal National place Niger firmly on the international musical map… They have worked themselves into a finely-tuned machine of skill, energy and real intensity…”fRoots

“a band from the deserts of Niger that manages to come up with a refreshingly different sound… A clattering, urgent melting pot of considerable rhythmic complexity… raw and original.” – Songlines

“The music turns in wild and unexpected directions as psychedelic hues emerge and patterns form that may not have previously seemed possible… Despite the chaos of the incredible arrangements the group’s discipline never shows signs of losing focus… Tal National’s lineup may feature a traditional rock set up of guitar, bass and drums, but their intensity while keeping a relatively clean sound is quite unlike anything else. Distilling many popular African music styles, while never replicating any – it sounds purely like Tal National, and throughout Zoy Zoy their sound leaves no room to contemplate anything else once it sucks you in… Zoy Zoy really is top.” –  The Quietus

“ it’s downright miraculous how the songs mesh: guitar licks, hopscotching bass lines, cymbal offbeats and talking drums all land with microscopic precision and can reconfigure in an instant”The New York Times

“an astonishing fusion of fresh ideas…” – Clash

“delirious afro guitar works… fans of Tinariwen will find plenty to love…” – Uncut

“It’s the sound of a group without obvious peer – one has to look back at the golden age of the west African guitar bands to find this level of complexity executed with such brazen confidence and ability”  – Wire

“Tal National continue to widen their global appeal with their blistering new album…built on a combination of relentless, loud guitars and stunning rhythmical complexity… an album rich in personality and sparkling colour”Future Music

“This is pretty damn special. Brimming with rawness, energy and pure musicianship, it’s well worth seeking out.” – DJ

“there’s no way you won’t dance to this one” – NPR

 

Press links for “Kaani”:

New York Times Best of 2013 List

NPR “All Things Considered” Album Review

Interview on Afropop Worldwide

Interview on The Quietus

PopMatters Album Review

WBEZ In-studio performance

Chicago Reader interview the Tal National engineer.