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Electro Morocco, a New York-based band of Israeli expatriates, is a unique mixture of energetic electro beats, Middle Eastern flavor, with a retro rock and pop edge. Ever since electronic music took over, poor old guitars have been short of work. Electro Morocco is dusting off those axes and yanking them out of the unemployment line and giving them enough amplitude to compete with their buzzing synths. They draw from different parts of the world, but share an aesthetic, both technical and emotional, with artists such as M.I.A. Both include Eastern belly-shaking samples—Indian in M.I.A.’s work, and Middle Eastern in Electro Morocco’s. But Electro Morocco seamlessly have established their own fresh sound, layered with organic guitars and synthetic beats, that is clearly their own. Their programmed drums are deceptively simple, but grow more intricate with repeated listenings. The off-beat rhythm, the interplay of tweaked, Oriental-sounding guitars, and the frenzied climaxes call to mind bellydancing music and hard rock. In Electro Morocco’s short time together (less than a year) it’s almost suspect how tightly they play together. Their performances combine live music with synced video clips that creates an unforgettable visual and musical experience. Their live sets are garnering them props the world abroad. Hopping from retro rock to middle eastern folk music, to warped electro. So it looks like you’ll just have to peep these kids on a dancefloor near you.
“Their live sets are garnering them props the world abroad. Hopping from retro rock to middle eastern folk music, to warped electro.” – URB Magazine
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