Dépaysé is a great title for Sinkane;s new album, as it translates from French to mean “to be removed from one’s habitual surroundings.” An album that amalgamates many cultures, Western and Eastern, it’s nomadic in nature and ideal for the summer festival months, as they quickly approach us. Musically uplifting pop, it has summer festival written all over it, but the title hints at something deeper. Ahmed Gallab who is Sinkane has certainly with the integral band capturing the party atmosphere and joyful celebration that their live shows are now known for.

A colourful album, there are so many cultural influences, Latin, African, French and yet if you consider the lyrics, there are some American and British influences there also. Dépaysé’ is Sinkane’s seventh full-length and the follow-up to Sinkane’s acclaimed 2017 album ‘Life & Livin’ It’. The band features Gallab, Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals), Jonny Lam (guitar), Ish Montgomery (bass), and Chris St Hilaire (drums).

Optimistic, positive, fun and upbeat, the LP release has been timed well, just as festival season has begun. And they will be there, for UK residents they will be present at Field Day, performing in London’s Victoria Park. Everybody has somewhat of a carnivalesque intro, explosive in it’s instrumental offering. Everyone starts with the guitar we expect of Nigerian funk ,however beginning with lyrics such as that, “old chestnut, you know the one, they don’t care who you are” reminding us of the Western connection also. On Being is a fun head nod to the likes of Fela Kuti, considering humanity again, and for that has references to Michael Kiwanuka. The title track has more of a Southern American, Santana feel to it, certainly with that guitar intro. Sang in dual-languages, the nomadic nature of the album is reinforced. Stranger is one you will find yourself head-nodding to, as it contemplates deeper things. An enjoyable track, which will get the Field Day crowds head-nodding, and toe-tapping no doubt.

Clearly deeper than it initially comes across, Dépaysé is a rich cultural offering, with movement of people and culture influence at it’s heart, at the very core. The vocals aren’t astounding, and the guitar not revolutionary but there is a lovely fusion of cultures and beautiful sentiment in the centre of the record, that makes it a worthwhile listen.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Dorsa

Dépaysé is out now, via City Slang.