Album Review: "Optimisme" by Songhoy Blues (9/10)

Distributed by: Fat Possum

Producer: Matt Sweeney

Refugees who’ve survived the imposition of Sharia law upon their native Mali, this gloriously combustible quartet simmers with spiritual intensity. Outcasts both political and social, a specter of trauma swims subtly beneath their sound. A shockingly infectious mélange of rock and blues filtered through the sunny perspective of Afropop, the lovable quartet persistently radiates humanistic positivity. With Optimisme, their joyous expression of experience transcends earthly personal statement and rises to the realm of akashic.