Rising Belgian-Egyptian musician Tamino unveils the details of his sophomore album, Sahar, with his latest single, “Fascination.” The grandson of one of Egypt’s most famed singers and film stars, Tamino channels his own lineage, as well as the folk and rock music traditions from the Middle East and Europe for a borderless and timeless record.
“Fascination” dabbles with influences from alt rock and indie pop, creating a unique blend of sonics that match the silky and rich vocals from Tamino himself. The song takes you on a greatly balanced emotional journey full of climatic moments and equally as powerfully low points. An incredibly easy listening experience, “Fascination” will leave listeners feeling emotionally charged and undoubtedly energetic to listen again.
Created in the wake of the international frenzy that followed his debut album Amir, Sahar the album was born in Tamino’s Antwerp apartment. Already adept at playing guitar and piano, Tamino took up the oud, an Arabic lute, under the mentorship of a Syrian refugee living in Antwerp. The instrument served as a key tool in the songwriting process, and provides a melancholic soundscape that is threaded throughout the project. The record is a distillation of Tamino’s solitary reflections, and a product of work with close collaborators including Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, producer/engineer PJ Maertens, and drummer Ruben Vanhoutte.
Tamino’s 2018 breakout debut album Amir was met with adoration from critics and fans alike. The Antwerp-based musician’s fanbase stretches across the world, from the Middle East to North America, and the album has collected over 126 million streams and garnered widespread praise from The Guardian, British GQ, BBC Radio 1, Ones to Watch, Paris Match and more.
Additionally, Tamino is set to tour North America this fall starting with stops in Montreal, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and more.